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New California bill raises questions about employees' reproductive rights

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Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D- San Diego) is putting forth a measure that would prevent employers from firing workers for having an abortion or giving birth out of wedlock.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D- San Diego) is putting forth a measure that would prevent employers from firing workers for having an abortion or giving birth out of wedlock.

A teacher at a San Diego Christian college was let go back in 2012 for becoming pregnant while unmarried. The religious education institution said she violated employee code of conduct, which explicitly prohibits premarital sex. Gonzalez Fletcher said the measure, which would protect personal decisions and reproductive rights, is not an attack any specific organization, but an antidote to the “inherent sexism” that’s embedded in the codes of conduct.

Host Larry Mantle sits down with Gretchen Borshelt, Vice President for Reproductive Rights and Health at the National Women’s Law Center, and Matthew McReynolds, Staff Attorney at Pacific Justice Institute, on the balance between reproductive rights and religious freedom at the workplace.

Guests: 

Gretchen Borchelt, the Vice President for Reproductive Rights and Health at the National Women’s Law Center

Matthew McReynolds, Staff Attorney at Pacific Justice Institute, a legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom, parental rights and other civil liberties

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