December 4, 2014 — In today's clips, we recap this week's Supreme Court arguments in a pregnancy discrimination case with "huge" stakes for women in the workforce, as NBC News reports. Elsewhere, National Advocates for Pregnant Women's Lynn Paltrow discusses how antiabortion-rights measures are "put[ting] prosecutors and police officers in the delivery room."
The "stakes are huge" for working families as the Supreme Court weighs a pregnancy discrimination case involving former UPS employee Peggy Young, NBC News justice correspondent Pete Williams reports, noting that women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce. The case, which the justices heard on Wednesday, centers on whether UPS violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PL 95-555) by forcing Young to take unpaid leave during her pregnancy, instead of allowing her to work under her doctor's recommended accommodations (Williams, "NBC Nightly News," NBC News, 12/3).
HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd and a panel discuss how so-called "personhood" and other antiabortion-rights measures are criminalizing pregnancy and putting women's constitutional rights at risk. National Advocates for Pregnant Women Executive Director Lynn Paltrow says that the true intention of such measures is to "empowe[r] state authorities to put prosecutors and police officers in the delivery room," adding that they are "being used to deny pregnant women their personhood" (Redd, HuffPost Live, 11/25).
MSNBC tells the story of Lauri Huffman, who was fired from her job as a manager at Speedway in Michigan after she sought accommodations so she could continue working during her pregnancy. Attorney Samuel Bagenstos, who represented Peggy Young in the pregnancy discrimination case before the Supreme Court, argues that pregnant women should receive accommodations, as "the whole point of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act is that nobody should have to choose between a pregnancy and a job" (MSNBC, 12/1).
MSNBC's Krystal Ball highlights the 1 in 3 Campaign, in which women share their abortion stories to help reduce the stigma regarding the procedure, and talks with Advocates for Youth President Debra Hauser about Hauser's abortion story. Ball also shows a special report on an Alabama law (HB 494) that authorizes judges to appoint lawyers for fetuses (Ball, "Ronan Farrow Daily," MSNBC, 11/20).
HuffPost Live's Alyona Minkovski talks with Politico's Paige Winfield Cunningham about states that likely will attempt to pass antiabortion-rights laws after Republican gains in state Legislatures and governorships from the midterm election (Minkovski, HuffPost Live, 12/1). Winfield Cunningham also discusses the issue with MSNBC's Steve Kornacki (Kornacki, "Up With Steve Kornacki," MSNBC, 11/29).