Link Roundup: The Susan G Komen Backlash and Workplace Discrimination

Anti-choice politicians may want to reconsider their stance on women’s reproductive rights. A new report revealed that there is no correlation between restrictive abortion laws and reduced abortion rates. In fact, the report showed that between 1995 and 2008, countries with fewer restrictions had lower abortion rates than countries with more restrictions. [Ms. Magazine]

Dina Bakst, founder and president of A Better Balance: The Work and Family Legal Center, attributed a gap between U.S. discrimination laws and disability laws to the lack of job security for pregnant women. She explained that while federal and state laws protect pregnant women from discrimination in the workplace and the Americans With Disabilities Act requires employers provide disabled employees, including pregnant women suffering from medical complications, with “reasonable accommodations,” “pregnancy itself is not considered a disability [therefore] employers are not obligated to accommodate most pregnant workers in any way.” Hoping to combat this problem in New York, State Senator Liz Krueger and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther recently introduced two bills that would require employers to provide pregnant women with reasonable accommodations that are recommended by their health care providers. [NY Times]

Heeb magazine reported that last week, 24-year-old Marina Weisband resigned as director of Germany’s Pirate party. Weisband had been attacked regularly for being Jewish, but denied that anti-Semitic hate mail played a role in her decision to resign. Instead, she attributed her resignation to fatigue and a desire to to obtain her her graduate degree. [Heeb]

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