Congress Votes To Allow DC Employers To Fire Women For Using IVF, Getting Pregnant

Hey! Guess what, residents of D.C.! Congress did something pretty exciting for you. You may soon be able to fire a woman for having in vitro fertilization, just like you always dreamed. You can also fire her for getting pregnant out of wedlock! Women who have IVF, or choose to have a child without being married, well, you are just shit out of luck! Enjoy trying to get a job when you’re going to have to go on maternity leave in a few months, and also trying to support that child without the job that you probably won’t get!

You see, a special House committee just voted to overturn a D.C. law that prevents employers from discriminating against women for their reproductive choices. Why? You guessed it! Religious freedom. They want to protect the religious freedom of employers who fear that Jesus would send them right to hell if they did not immediately throw a woman out onto the streets for getting pregnant in a manner they do not approve of!

Before you start thinking to yourself “Well gee! That’s not really a thing that happens!”–allow me to point out that yes, this is a thing that can and does happen! Women have been fired by jobs by Catholic employers for using IVF. Women have been fired from jobs for getting pregnant without being married. House Republicans say that’s a good thing.

Now, of course, this has to pass through the House and Senate and go to President Obama to be approved, which doesn’t seem exactly like a thing he’d be on board with. However! House Republicans are pressuring House budget leaders to cut funding for D.C. if they don’t get their way, because they are mature adults.

The really fun thing about living in D.C. is that even when you make your own laws–like those protecting women from getting fired for using in vitro fertilization to have a baby–Congress can overturn them. The House Republicans are also seeking to undo other laws the people of D.C. have approved, such as their gun control laws and protections for LGBT Citizens.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah, Otherwise Known As Not D.C.), who supports a measure to loosen D.C. gun laws, said  “I come from a belief that the Second Amendment should be equally implemented here in the District of Columbia. I should be able to carry if I so choose. I feel safer doing so.” Which is nice for him, but I’m pretty sure that this is something we should allow the actual residents of D.C. to decide.

The House Committee is also very much looking forward to blocking D.C.’s Human Rights Amendment Act, a bill which would require religious colleges to ensure that LGBT student groups have the same access to facilities and resources as any other groups.

Things like this, of course, are the problem with D.C.’s “taxation without representation” status in this country, and why many residents are pushing for the district to become a state in and of itself–so random dudes from Utah can’t just breeze in and tell them what’s what.

[ACLU]

[Washington Post]