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Politics of Reproduction: Pregnancy and law

This guide points to resources that address issues of reproduction.

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Pregnancy and the law

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Pregnancy and law

Pregnant woman photo from Freestocks via UnsplashThere are different state laws that are used to regulate bodies once they become pregnant, from birthing decisions to further criminalization of substance abuse. In 1978, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act was passed to prohibit discrimination in the workplace on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Pregnancy and childbirth discrimination, however, is still widespread. In the United States, this could be attributed to the lack of paid parental leave policies. As of the writing of this guide, there is still no federal requirement that companies provide employees with paid parental leave.


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