Lobbyists Repeatedly Cited Bishops’ Praise of PWFA to Get Abortion Provision Through

Pro-abortion groups repeatedly cited the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ endorsement of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act in order to push through the legislation’s controversial abortion provisions.

Pro-life groups issued numerous warnings to the USCCB not to praise the PWFA, asking them to rescind their December 2022 endorsement of the bill. The bishops’ endorsement came after the House approved the PWFA and as the legislation was being debated in the Senate.

CatholicVote told the USCCB and outlined in public reports that the PWFA’s implementation would inevitably force Catholic employers to accommodate abortions.

And as CatholicVote reported earlier this week, that is exactly what happened after the PWFA went into effect in July 2023:

The PWFA has the potential to fill a void in American employment law, requiring employers to provide “reasonable accommodations” for “limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions.” To its detriment, however, the original act left the interpretation of those terms to the Biden administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency responsible for regulating workplace discrimination laws.

As lawmakers considered the PWFA, the nation’s leading pro-abortion organizations made use of the bishops’ endorsement of the bill, citing it as proof that the legislation was moderate and would not be offensive to religious voters.

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