It is 30 years since the passage of PDA Pregnancy Discrimination Act which outlawed discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. We should be celebrating, and taking a moment to be grateful that pregnancy-based discrimination is a thing of the past. The National Partnership for Women & Families recently released a sobering report that shows in fact, there has been a sharp increase in pregnancy discrimination complaints. The report does not mention coercion of abortion from employers or the fear that some women may have had of loosing their jobs if it were discovered that they were pregnant. I would venture to say that since we are seeing a rise in discrimination of pregnant women in the work place then there is probably a rise in on the part of employers to coearce women to abort as well.
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men create a balance between work and family responsibilities. Their press release
New Study Documents Sharp Rise in Pregnancy Discrimination Complaints Driven by Discrimination Against Women of Color can be viewed at http://www.nationalpartnership.org/site/PageServer?pagename=newsroom_pr_PressRelease_081029 ,
the complete copy of their report can be viewed at http://www.nationalpartnership.org/site/DocServer/Pregnancy_Discrimination_Act_-_Where_We_Stand_30_Years_L.pdf?docID=4281