Abortion fight threatens to spoil bipartisan pregnant worker protections

Abortion fight threatens to spoil bipartisan pregnant worker protections

Aug 08, 2023 by Health Care - Politico

Key Facts

  • | Francis Chung/POLITICO Republicans and social conservatives are fuming over the inclusion of abortion language in proposed rules to protect pregnant workers, threatening to mar a law that passed with bipartisan support.
  • “These regulations completely disregard legislative intent and attempt to rewrite the law by regulation,” Cassidy, who helped lead the fight for the legislation with Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), said in a statement.
  • The EEOC attempted to head off concerns that it is placing a mandate on employers by stating in its proposal that nothing in the law “requires or forbids an employer to pay for health insurance benefits for an abortion.”
  • Last year, while supporters were racing to shore up Republican support, Casey — who previously considered himself a “pro-life Democrat” though in recent years has moved closer to his party on abortion rights and distanced himself from the term — overtly stated that abortion rules were outside the scope of the legislation.

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