The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission proposes to include abortion protections in law designed to protect pregnant mothers.

Americans United for Life filed a public comment Tuesday on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s proposed rule to enforce the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), which was signed into law last December.

The EEOC is attempting to define elective abortion as a “related medical condition” to pregnancy in its proposed enforcement of the PWFA, a law that does not mention abortion. As AUL’s comment outlines, there are seven key problems with the current draft of the proposed rule, including:

  • The EEOC has rewritten the meaning of the statute to contrive protections for elective abortions.
  • The EEOC has not spoken in plain language by comparing abortion to other situations of pregnancy termination.
  • The EEOC subverts federal pro-life policy by furthering abortion.

Carolyn McDonnell, Litigation Counsel, said, “The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act says nothing about abortion. Yet, the EEOC lawlessly contrived abortion protections within the proposed rule, which undermines federal pro-life policies, and enables abortion violence against mothers, unborn children, and society.”

Danielle Pimentel, Policy Counsel, said, “The EEOC’s proposed rule is a blatant attempt to institute a national abortion policy under a statute that was intended to protect pregnant woman in the workforce. Not only does the EEOC lack the authority to do so, but its proposed rule cuts against the intent of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.”

The full comment can be found here.