Friday, September 18, 2020

House denies religious liberty protection for faith-based organizations

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2694, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, 329-73. The bill requires employers to establish reasonable workplace accommodations for employees with limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.

During floor proceedings, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and Labor, offered a Motion to Recommit (MTR) which would have included a longstanding provision in the 1964 Civil Rights Act that protects religious organizations’ ability to make employment decisions that are consistent with their faith.

Some organizations may not believe in male pregnancy. While pregnancy for women is already one of the highest medical costs in a family's life, accommodating the latest developments of the transgender agenda would push those costs even higher.

Other organizations may want to encourage women to take time off during the important time of pregnancy.

Under this legislation passed by the House, those organizations could be sued for acting on their faith in ways that do not adhere to regulations promulgated under this legislation.

By a vote of 177-226 the House failed to include necessary religious liberty protections.

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