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We oppose attempts to criminalize the behavior of pregnant women, including the troubling trend of prosecuting women for drug use during pregnancy, which discourages women from seeking prenatal care and results in less healthy mothers and babies.


Legal Briefs & Testimony | NWLC Testimony re: Pregnancy and Caregiver Discrimination to the EEOC

March 8, 2012

This testimony outlines the barriers that pregnant and caregiving women continue to face in the workplace, demonstrating that this discrimination functions to exclude women from many high-wage and high-demand jobs that can be critical to achieving economic security.  It concludes by making recommendations to address these barriers and advance the rights of working women.  The supplemental testimony responds to questions posed by Commissioners at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.


Blog Post | “Similar in Their Ability or Inability to Work” or: How Not to Discriminate Against Pregnant Employees

February 17, 2012

This week, the EEOC held a public meeting on unlawful discrimination against pregnant workers and workers with caregiving responsibilities at which experts, including the National Women’s Law Center’s own Vice President and General Counsel Emily Martin, presented compelling testimony setting out the widespread and often blatant ways in which employers continue to unlawfully discriminate in the workplace. Members of the Commission expressed dismay, if not complete surprise, that nearly 35 years after the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) was passed in 1978, discrimination on the basis of pregnancy persists, in the words of EEOC Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien, “unnecessarily depriving women of the means to support their families.”


Fact Sheet | If You Really Care about Criminal Justice, You Should Care about Reproductive Justice!

September 18, 2013

The Reproductive Justice (RJ) movement places reproductive health and rights within a social justice and human rights framework.  The movement supports the right of individuals to have the children they want, raise the children they have, and plan their families through safe, legal access to abortion and contraception. In order to make these rights a reality, the movement recognizes that RJ will only be achieved when all people have the economic, social, and political power to make healthy decisions about their bodies, sexuality, and reproduction.


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Fact Sheet | If You Really Care about Criminal Justice, You Should Care about Reproductive Justice!

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Fact Sheet | Breastfeeding and the Health Care Law

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