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STATEMENT: 110+ New York Faith Leaders Urge Senate to Bring the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to a Vote

Alongside our partners at NETWORK and more than 110 New York faith leaders, we sent a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to prioritize urgent protections for pregnant workers.
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Today, alongside NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, we delivered a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer from over 110 New York faith leaders, urging a vote on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act without delay, in furtherance of his longstanding commitment to women’s rights, maternal health, and racial justice. 

The signees represent a broad array of religious beliefs and faith traditions across New York. They write: Supporting pregnant and postpartum workers is a matter of religious, moral, and ethical concern…[f]ailing to bring the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to a vote would be a moral failing.” Read the full letter here.

The following is a statement from A Better Balance Co-President Dina Bakst: 

“No woman in America should be forced to choose between a healthy pregnancy, safe childbirth, or the ability to breastfeed, and earning a paycheck. This outpouring of support from leaders in the New York faith community represents an imperative for the Senate to bring the bipartisan Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to a vote without delay. In the midst of unprecedented threats to maternal health and women’s financial well-being, the PWFA will ensure pregnant and postpartum workers are finally afforded the safety, dignity and equality they deserve.”

The following is a statement from NETWORK Lobby Executive Director Mary J. Novak: 

 “NETWORK is proud to help deliver this moral call from New York faith leaders urging Leader Schumer to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. As people of faith, we recognize this urgently-needed legislation promotes healthy pregnancies, improves economic stability, and upholds the dignity of work. The Senate must act to meet the needs of workers and families across our country who deserve a dignified life.”

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