Give pregnant women a choice and a chance

With all the talk about contraception and abortion, we wanted to reinforce what we, as pro-life Democrats, have articulated for years. Give pregnant women a real choice by providing support to carry the child to term.

Statistics consistently show that financial concerns are the number one reason women choose abortion. Our Pregnant Women Support Act signed into law in 2010 is taking that reason away and providing assistance to women who do not want abortion but lack the necessary resources or support to carry their pregnancies to term. You can read some highlights here.

Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) has introduced another bill to provide support to pregnant women. We are proud to endorse S. 942/H.R. 1975, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. This legislation would prevent discrimination against pregnant women in the workforce and promote and encourage reasonable accommodations. Simple and low-cost accommodations, such as a stool for a cashier, a bottle of water to stay hydrated, or  reassignment to lighter duty tasks are all ways to ensure safety for both mother and child.

Last month President Obama endorsed the bill. We agree that forcing a woman to choose between safety and security for her growing family or her job is wrong. We urge you to join us in calling on Senator Reid and Speaker Boehner to bring this bill before the Senate and the House so that the President can sign this legislation into law.