Pregnant woman at work with laptop looking stressed

Pregnant? “Congrats, now clean out your desk.”

Disdain for pregnant women in the workplace is at a record high in our nation.  Pregnancy Discrimination cases are on the rise. In the past ten years the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or EEOC  has resolved pregnancy discrimination cases totaling $150.5 million in damages for over 52,000 women. Some say this is because of a competitive labor market that shows little mercy to moms.  I believe this is yet another tragic byproduct of our acceptance of abortion.

While abortion does not cause this discrimination, it has lead to a widespread devaluing of motherhood in society. How can we expect a nation that encourages women to kill their children to also respect the vocation of motherhood? Motherhood is being mocked, belittled, and demolished with every baby sacrificed at the altar of convenience.  Abortion is an evil root that bears the fruit of  dishonor towards women. Women are continually pressured to choose abortion to enable them to continue pursuing education and career goals. Children are thought of  as burdensome, unworthy investments that hinder productivity.  If mothers think that way, why wouldn’t employers and bosses do the same?

Women who bravely balance family and career responsibilities are struggling because of scrutiny in the workplace.  Dr. Mary Beamer is a chiropractor who was fired from her job after missing 11 days of work because of “Hyperemesis Gravidarum” – a severe case of morning sickness that causes dehydration. Beamer’s employer was given documents from her emergency room and doctor’s appointments. Before returning to work, Mary got an unpleasant phone call from the practice’s owner. She was told, “I don’t want you coming back to the office because I don’t like how you are running it.” Mary was fired and her health insurance benefits were canceled within days.

In an attempt to get justice, she sued for pregnancy and sex discrimination in 2007. Her employer counter-sued for $50,000, claiming that Beamer was required to pay for lost patient services and training per her employee agreement.  In May 2012, her case will finally be brought before a judge. Beamer told ABC News that she “lost almost everything.” Her family lost their home and had to move into her sister’s basement. She is now living with her husband and daughter in another city, awaiting trial.

We have laws that protect pregnant women in the workplace. Mainly the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act provides some employees with three months of unpaid leave to care for their child. Last month, the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission held a public meeting in Washington, D.C. to discuss pregnancy discrimination. A question was raised as to why pregnancy discrimination continues to increase after the Act was passed to prohibit it. Joan Williams, director of the Center for Work Life Law at the University of California-Hastings, said it may be because the stereotypes regarding gender and caregiving are very strong. “Although nobody says, ‘This is not a suitable job for a woman,’ they say, ‘This is not a suitable job for a mother.'”

Mary Beamer’s lawyer told ABC News that pregnant women are losing their jobs because they might need to use the bathroom more frequently than “normal,” pump breast milk, or sit down periodically.

Donnicia Venters claims she lost her job because she asked if she could pump breast milk in the backroom. She called the company president to talk about her return to work. After mentioning the breast pump, He said, “Well, we filled your spot.” When she questioned, he replied, “Well, we thought you were not coming back.” Venters said she was willing to pump at home if necessary. Her case was brought to court, and a Texas judge ruled in favor of her employer, stating that “firing someone because of lactation or breast-pumping is not sex discrimination.”

Some cases are even stranger. A pregnant nursing home activities worker was fired for not being able to lift a table, and a retail worker was fired because she needed to drink water on the job.

Physically weaker, pregnant women are being mistreated. Companies are prioritizing production over people. Loyal workers are being pushed out with little or no remorse from their employers. Women wonder if announcing their pregnancy will cost them their job. People cling to contraceptives and silently head to abortion centers because of  fear.  What type of culture has Roe v. Wade produced? A selfish, individualistic, money-hungry, unjust nation.

A society that allows abortion is one that unwittingly suffers the consequences of  generations of disempowered and devalued women. The fight for women’s rights begins in the womb.

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  • musiciangirl591

    i guess the gift of life isn’t a gift at all for some employers… it makes me sick that now fertility is considered a disease and needs to be “fixed” or “cured”, pregnancy is beautiful and a natural process and these women need to be treated with the utmost respect…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-M-Williams/1021964754 Michelle M. Williams

       Well blame conservatives. Having paid leave for mothers would consider being socialist and conservatives equate socialism with communism. I think most of your heads would explode if you lived in Western Europe.

      • musiciangirl591

         what does that have anything to do with my comment?

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-M-Williams/1021964754 Michelle M. Williams

           That our country is one of the few western countries that does not protect pregnant employees. This wouldn’t happen in many parts of the world. Our country is pro corporation, anti labor. We are also a country that believes in “picking yourself up by your own bootstraps”, so if you are pregnant and loose your job you are pretty much out of luck.

          • musiciangirl591

             isn’t there maternity leave though? when my mom had me and my big sister, she got that

          • Frederick Weaver

            @facebook-1021964754:disqus 

            If you are concerned about pregnant co-workers not having maternity leave, you could always donate some of your leave.

            Just a thought.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-M-Williams/1021964754 Michelle M. Williams

             My company has maternity leave because it is a very competitive company that wants to attract the best workers. Either way the issue isn’t my complaint but it is what was brought up by your camp.

      • MoonChild02

        I don’t think I’ve ever heard them say that it would be socialist. They consider it socialist to have to share everything, to have to pay higher taxes, to have Medicare/Medicaid, and to have welfare. However, paid leave is not socialist, not in the least. The only reason it’s not done is because businesses don’t want to pay their employees for not working. Blame Big Business, which liberals have an equal hand in, not just conservatives.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-M-Williams/1021964754 Michelle M. Williams

           Anything that is pro-labor in our culture is considered “socialist”. And conservatives usually use the argument that it will hurt small businesses, not big business, to have mandatory leave.

      • Frederick Weaver

        If you are concerned about pregnant co-workers not having maternity leave, you could always donate some of yours.

        Just a thought.

  • Karen Dudek

    We used to call things that were obvious goods ‘motherhood issues’. That is clearly not such a universal concept anymore. Americans still like their baseball and apple pie though. It ought to make us think and grieve our lack of humanity. We have truly lost something precious. The way pregnant women are treated does reflect some of the societal views resulting from abortion, resulting hardness of heart, passive-aggressive behaviors and guilt/shame that is repressed. It is turning even young women into misanthropes.

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  • Michael Doyle

    For all the other things wrong with my country, the strong defence of mothers & maternity entitlements in Ireland make me very glad to live here. my wife had 9 months maternity leave, the first six months of which were paid, after each of her pregnancies. The idea of as little as three months unpaid entitlement strikes me as very harsh. Not in the best interest of either mother or child.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeep.obsessed Brooke Mehr

      That would be so nice. The company I work for is so small that I won’t even be getting the 3 months unpaid. I just get to save up my paid time off and then take as much time off (unpaid) as I can before they take away my insurance. Then I have to come back and work a minimum of 30 hours/week to keep my insurance. But I love my job. It’s not their fault.

    • Dicamiel

      By Ireland, do you mean “Republic of?” Or “Northern?”
      If you live in the Republic, I’ll guess that maybe the mothers being treated so well has something to do with the constitutional ban on abortions. Which is awesome.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-M-Williams/1021964754 Michelle M. Williams

         Actually most Western European nations have such laws because they are socialist. And you guys are against socialism. Scandinavia is the most generous to mothers.

        • MoonChild02

          It’s not Socialist. It’s Irish. The Irish are a matriarchal culture. The US and the UK are patriarchal cultures.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-M-Williams/1021964754 Michelle M. Williams

             It’s European. And the US is trying to be more like China or more like the US was in the late 19th century. I am not expecting any rights for pregnant women in the US anytime soon. In Scandinavia you can get as much as 2 years off.

          • Oedipa Mossmoon

            Meanwhile, the Scandanavian countries (and Canada) now have more relative upward mobility that the U.S.

      • MoonChild02

        It’s not Northern Ireland, it’s the North of Ireland, as I keep being told by people I know from the North of Ireland. The only people over there who call it Northern are the Brits.

        The North of Ireland holds to that same ban on abortion as the South does. However, it’s not that which keeps them strongly in support of women and mothers. It’s the fact that Ireland is a matriarchal culture, rather than a patriarchal culture. So, the laws about supporting women go way, way back to the Brehon Laws (the legal system prior to British occupation).

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-M-Williams/1021964754 Michelle M. Williams

       That would be considered “socialist” and Americans are against that.

      • Frederick Weaver

        If you are concerned about pregnant co-workers not having maternity leave, you could always donate some of yours.

        Just a thought.

  • http://athenasantics.blogspot.com/ AthenaC

    Both of my pregnancies were comfortable enough that if someone had gotten this attitude with me, I would have clocked ‘em upside the head. But seriously, isn’t the Americans with Disabilities Act umbrella large enough to cover reasonable accomodation for pregnant/nursing women? I would think employers would jump at the chance, especially since pregnancy / nursing is a temporary condition (i.e. accommodation would only be a temporary cost), whereas virtually any other disability requires permanent accommodation. Also, I wonder why pregnancy appears to be treated differently then virtually every other medical condition.
    Overall, I do agree with the article’s speculation about the trend in our culture to view the unborn as disposable and unplanned pregnancy as something to be disdained. ~10 years ago when I was 20, single, and pregnant, I got a LOT of attitude for remaining that way and reminders about my “options.” The only reason I didn’t hit some of those people was the fact that if I were in jail for assault, I wouldn’t be able to keep up my nutritionally optimal prenatal diet. 

    • MoonChild02

      Pregnancy isn’t a disease or disability. It’s a function of the female body, is what makes us women, and is what makes us strong. One of the premises of Roe v. Wade was that pregnancy and a child disabled women from having a job or going to school. However, with enough support, any woman can overcome anything. That’s just another reason why we have pregnancy care centers – to help mothers, future mothers, and families.

      • 12angry_men

        Old age is a natural part of the female body, yet you see many women try to reverse it. People get surgeries, go on diet pills, take medications, go to tanning booths, dye their hair, and so on and so forth. All of which go against the natural “functions” of the body. 

        • MoonChild02

          Yes, but you don’t hear about people clamoring about those things being health care. Also, most of those things don’t kill a human being in the undertaking of the task. Granted, some “miracle creams” do have embryonic cells in them, but they’re still not touted as health care.

          What makes older people disabled are the effects that may come with old age, like osteoporosis, scoliosis, dementia, etc., not old age, itself. Of course, though, the Church does say that being over 65 is a reason to get the Sacrament of Healing of the Sick.

          • Jdjdjeeeeerrrryyy

            I think the point is that just because something goes against a natural bodily function doesn’t make it wrong. I’ve seen that argument many times here and it just seems silly as so many things nowadays do.

          • 12angry_men

            I wasn’t arguing for or against any of that, I’m just tired of the old “abortion is wrong because it goes against a natural body function” argument. We can come up with better arguments than that.

        • Cheri

          Yeah, but none of those things you listed kills anybody and when people make choices to use those things it affects their bodies alone.

          • Jdjdjeeeeerrrryyy

            I think you are missing the point of the comment.

    • Cheri

      That makes me so mad when people try to encourage mothers to abort their children. I was in nearly the exact same situation that you were with my first child, and it makes me shake with rage that anyone would dismiss my gorgeous daughter’s life/death as a mere “option.” Yup, that’s exactly what the doctor called her proposal of my girl’s death! 

  • http://thejamesongirl.com/ Anneka Jameson

    I don’t know, I work on a office where the two women who were pregnant quit a couple of months after giving birth because they couldn’t sustain the rigorous travel schedules. I totally understand and agree with their decisions, but it sucks for an employer. That being said, I think the larger problem is women buying into the idea that they can have the family and career. Some can, some can’t, and motherhood is an exhausting full time job.

  • Oedipa Mossmoon

    Hey, I’ll stand arm in arm with you advocating for better family leave laws and more workplace equity. But laying all the problems at the foot of abortion is just a little too ideologically expedient.

    • DolceBella2

      I don’t know, read any article about babies in the workplace, student mothers/parents, or pregnancy issues, and at least half the comments talk about how all of these problems could be avoided if only the woman would’ve been responsible and had an abortion. I know several people who have said that they don’t think pregnant moms should be given any type of accommodation or deserve any sympathy, simply because they have the option of terminating their pregnancy, so they are asking for whatever difficulties come their way – and this was said about woman who had ALREADY given birth to their children (who somehow, are still viewed as disposable!).

      • Oedipa Mossmoon

        I don’t think women are alone as targets of the American demand for perpetually high productivity. We have far less vacation, far less family leave, far less sick time and work far more hours than Europe and Australia.

        I realize that that the pro-life movement has actively tried to draw this caricature of a selfish, materialistic, career-driven harpy (see “October Baby”) that aborts babies at a whim, but it’s just that: a caricature.

        • DolceBella2

           I don’t think you really addressed my point. And I don’t know where you got the idea that I was talking about “selfish, materialistic, career-driven harp[ies]” – I was simply mentioning that many people view abortion as the only responsible choice, and therefore do not grant pregnant women sick leave, or reschedule tests/exams for student mothers who have morning sickness or are giving birth. There’s a serious problem with “choice” when the ONLY responsible choice is viewed as abortion, and women who are pregnant are not given any accommodation because they are expected to abort if they want to stay in school or keep their job. When society thinks like this, we effectively force woman into abortion or poverty, and both pro-lifers and pro-choicers I hope can agree that there is something very wrong with that.

          • Oedipa Mossmoon

            I agree that society could carve out more time for maternity (and other pro-family benefits).

            I also agree that abortion shouldn’t be seen as a casual tool for career advancement. But in the same breath, I don’t think it’s seen that way by many women or men, employees or employers. You seem to be driving that point home by reading “any article about babies in the workplace” and studying the comments section.

            I don’t know what articles you’re referring to, what readership they may have on the interwebs, or who’s inclined to post the stuff you disagree with (and by the sounds of it — stuff I’d disagree with!), but I wouldn’t take comments sections fluff as a read on the culture as a whole. I mean, take as an example this place!

  • Whamjr

    Funny how abortion activists use the guise of “women’s rights” to hide their deadly and lucrative agenda… when one would be hard pressed to name a more destructive force against women in our society. Prostitution, pornography, and of course crimes like sex trafficking and rape, all have a stigma in our culture. But somehow we have come as a nation to believe that abortion is “helping” women! Great article; I never considered its impact in this way. Though there may indeed be other factors involved, as one person commented, we can’t underestimate the influence abortion is having in areas not immediately obvious on the surface of our culture.

  • David

    “What type of culture has Roe v. Wade produced? A selfish, individualistic, money-hungry, unjust nation.”

    Yes, USA has become selfish. Money-hungry. “Companies are prioritizing production over people”
    But companies are not evil forces of nature. Companies are headed by individual humans who choose to value profits over their human employees.

    Thank God public healthcare is becoming a near reality, at the cost of just taxation across income brackets. Would Jesus vote for helping the poor, or protecting profits of the rich?

    • JoAnna Wahlund

       First and foremost, Jesus would vote for not killing babies. Funny how libs ignore that fact.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kenneth-James-Abbott/661683861 Kenneth James Abbott

         Jesus would also not vote for theft.  Sorry if that offends you “Jesus was a socialist, despite the fact that 99% of socialists hate Jesus” types.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-M-Williams/1021964754 Michelle M. Williams

           Taxes are not theft. Render unto Ceasear that which is Ceasear’s.

          • Cheri

            Jesus encouraged charity, and would continue to do so today. Neither taxes nor socialized medicine is charity, it’s the government deciding how much property should be taken away to pay for public services, whether said services are supported or not by the actual public. The debate is, how private/public should our health care service be? Of course, that’s a conundrum for those who would attempt to classify killing prenatal humans as healthy and caring and private.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-M-Williams/1021964754 Michelle M. Williams

             There were taxes in Jesus’s time and long before Jesus. The first taxes existed around 3000 BC in Ancient Egypt. Taxes are not some type of communist plot even if you would want to imagine it so. You can’t avoid paying taxes, thank you Benjamin Franklin for the quote of the two things you can’t avoid. Mark 12:17,  Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s.

            And hiding money in offshore accounts would count as stealing.

          • Frederick Weaver

            So, by your standard I can vote for politicians to force you to pay for poor people’s car insurance?  Being a compassionate liberal, you can’t possibly object to that.

          • Frederick Weaver

            One more thing.  Feminist blogger Shelby Emmett explains how the contraceptive mandate along with Obamacare as a whole is anti-feminist by reducing women to helpless victims in need of Government to save them:

            http://moveonup.ning.com/profiles/blogs/my-response-to-ms-fluke-the-anti-feminist

          • Oedipa Mossmoon

            It amazes me how intentionally ignorant the ACA critics continue to be. The ACA is entirely private. It was crafted by business-friendly think tanks to find a solution to the country’s health care coverage. “Socialized” medicine is not what the ACA is. That would be like what Britain has. What the ACA is would be an approximation of what Switzerland has. I can’t recall anyone accusing the Swiss of being anything but extremely business-friendly.

            Your complaint seems to be with the “minimum standard of care” that’s baked into the ACA. That’s not “socialization”, that’s just regulation. Would Jesus oppose regulation? Probably, right? I mean, he wouldn’t have wanted to force those Roman job-creators into a state of “uncertainty”, right?

    • musiciangirl591

      public healthcare? do you mean universal healthcare?

    • Frederick Weaver

      Jesus would use his OWN resources to help the poor instead of stealing them from others.

  • Sagarrity

    I also suffered from Hyperemesis Graviderum. I missed almost 2 months of work because of it. I wanted to go back to work, but I couldn’t even get out of bed. I couldn’t eat, drink. I went to the ER weekly just to get IV fluids because I was severely dehydrated. I lost 20 lbs. Thankfully, I was able to return to work, but I did have to call in a lot because I was too sick. There is so much discrimination against pregnant women in our society. It’s easy to see. Just another reason why women turn to the abortion industry. Our society has engrained fear in women who become pregnant. Instead of telling women that unborn human life is a gift, society tells us thatthis life is destructive and to be feared.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-M-Williams/1021964754 Michelle M. Williams

     It’s interesting that almost all Western European nations have laws that benefit working mothers greatly. A mother in Sweden wouldn’t have to worry about loosing her job if she became pregnant. She also wouldn’t have to worry about getting prenatal care regardless if she even had a job or not. Yet I suspect most of you guys would view Sweden and similar such nations as evil, godless, socialists = communists.

  • Alyxzandra

    As a US citizen living in the UK I am so grateful for the care I had when I was pregnant. I was allowed flexibility at work if I was unwell. I got 9 months maternity leave, all paid. And excellent healthcare during my pregnancy and after for my son. I know if I was in the US I would not have these things unless I had money or good health insurance. And health insurance would be related to my employment, which I could lose due to being pregnant. I am still with my employer and still work hard, but they were supportive, not punitive, when I got pregnant. 

  • Bob Rodriguez

    And if you think Republican dominated Legislatures like the teabaggers we have here in Texas are going to be any nicer about it in the future, you are crazy.  Want fairness and decency in the workplace, then do not vote Republican

  • Sweet Marmot

    This article makes me mad.  How can they be so heartless?  They just approve of only one choice for pregnant women, and punish any woman who makes a different choice.  Then they hypocritically claim they are for a woman’s right to choose.  What a crock.