So, I get an e-mail from the American Civil Liberties Union last night asking me to help them and some other women’s organizations pass what is called the “Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.” Now, I’ve been aware of this legislation and the ACLU’s involvement for some time. However, there is something majorly wrong with this piece of legislation (as well as a lot of the very liberal legislation they push for).
The problem is that men and women are not on equal terms. They never have been and they never will be. The simple fact of life is that women get pregnant. That’s just the way life is. Our laws used to make many clear distinctions based upon sex and for very logical reasons. Now, sex discrimination is highly illegal. And what do we have as a result? Problems-and lots of them.
The simple fact of the matter is that it is unreasonable for us to go and rearrange our military, burden businesses to accommodate the differences between the sexes and reorder society just to make everything between the sexes “equal” when it is not nor ever will be equal in the first place.
Do pregnant women need to be taken care of? Absolutely. This is without question. Women have the unique task given to them by a higher power (whether you believe that to be God or evolution, whatever) to bear children. It is a biological fact of life. Women get pregnant and when they are pregnant they need medical care, nutritious food, a home to live in and a stress free environment free from toxins and other dangers. The nine months spent in the womb are the most critical times of anyones life. A woman’s well-being during pregnancy is critical. If she is stressed, if she doesn’t have adequate nutrition or medial care it will not only effect her and potentially lead to illness or death but it will also affect the child, possibly causing developmental problems or even death to the child or complications. Therefore it is absolutely critical that pregnant women have all of their basic needs met.
However, it should not be the responsibility of the woman to provide these things for herself nor the responsibility of businesses to go out of their way and accommodate her while she is pregnant. The problem is not discrimination but the lack of discrimination. Plain and simple, this is why the traditional family unit is important and this is why legitimacy is important. There needs to be a bargaining power for both sexes to ensure that marriage occurs. We need a workforce that will favor men over women in hiring and in pay that way men in turn can do their job of providing for and protecting women. We also need laws to protect the sanctity of the traditional family and legitimacy and laws that hold both men and women to traditional responsibilities- taking care of the home and the children for women and financial support for men.