Del. Michael Folk introduced two amendments to the bill, one that would have expanded the definition of “person” to include a fetus, and another that would have included “the health of the unborn child” in the bill’s protections of pregnant women. The amendments were defeated before the bill passed the state house.
Some of the most vehement opponents of abortion are also against economic policies that can help struggling families, like paid family leave.
Looking ahead to the next four years, this strengthened “marriage” between Obama, Democrats generally, and non-white and women voters could help carve a path to genuinely progressive economic policy.
Last Thursday, Sen. Clinton, Speaker Pelosi and Lily Ledbetter herself rallied in our nation’s capitol for pay equity, federal family leave and more.