While the liberal media routinely push for abortion as a part of “women’s rights,” they’re calling out companies that reportedly pressure women to choose abortion – due to a New York Times piece.
On Friday, NYT published a piece on the “Epidemic of Discrimination Against Pregnant Women at Work.” The piece illustrated why some women might be (and are) pressured to choose abortion, rather than empowered to choose life due to company policy. Many in the media latched on to the message.
From the beginning, economy reporter Natalie Kitroeff and Business reporter Jessica Silver-Greenberg argued that regardless of where women work, “getting pregnant is often the moment they are knocked off the professional ladder.”
“Throughout the American workplace, pregnancy discrimination remains widespread,” they found, after researching court and public records as well as interviewing dozens of women.
The piece specifically called out Walmart, Merck, AT&T, Whole Foods, 21st Century Fox, KPMG, Novartis and law firm Morrison & Foerster, where “[t]ens of thousands of women have taken legal action alleging pregnancy discrimination” even though these companies, at the same time, “boast on their websites about celebrating and empowering women.”
The piece went on to tell the stories of some of these women, including one who was pressured to abort her unborn baby: Christine Macarelli, a saleswoman for healthcare company Novartis.
According to Macarelli, her boss stressed to her that “women who find themselves in my position — single, unmarried — should consider an abortion.” She didn’t. And after using her maternity leave, Kitroeff and Silver-Greenberg reported that “she said she was told to stop trying to get a promotion ‘because of my unfortunate circumstances at home — being my son Anthony.’”
While that was just one of the stories highlighted, many in the media highlighted how companies could pressure women to abort – by tweeting out the NYT story along with the quote “consider an abortion” from Macarelli’s boss.
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They included: NYT technology reporter Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, NYT editor Mark S. Getzfred, CNBC health writer Angelica LaVito, Business Insider executive editor Matt Turner, Financial Times UK editor Lauren Fedor, and The Week senior editor Jessica Hullinger.