Is Pregnancy a Handicap?

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Is Pregnancy a Handicap?

I just got an email from a legal secretary in Mississippi who is eight months pregnant and asked if she could get a handicapped parking permit.

This brings many thoughts to bear on the subject.

First — What would the feminists say about this. The "I am woman, hear me roar" crowd might feel that the thought that pregnancy is a handicap would be a negative to their cause.

Second — Are women becoming wimps — I thought the idea was that you dropped the plow, had the baby, then picked up the plow and baby and finished the field.

All right, get a grip — I’m only kidding. Some women go through pregnancy and have babies like it was nothing, a mere hiccup. Others are in bed for six months. I also know that the last month of pregnancy (my email correspondent is in her eighth month) can be horrendous.

So what to do.  I told my pregnant emailer that I didn’t think the ADA had a listing for pregnancy, however, that if her doctor could give her a note, most likely she could get a temporary permit, like the ones that you get when you break your leg.

But, my guess is that as soon as the ADA folks hear about this issue, they will make pregnancy a handicap and rather than letting common sense and the person’s doctor make the decision, they will issue a blanket edict. (A search of the ADA website shows no listing for pregnant or pregnancy.)

Anyone have a comment?

JVH

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2 Responses

  1. Pregnancy is not a handicap. There can be physical problems associated with it that would fall under the ADA such as limited ability to walk, the need for oxygen or wheelchair etc. Many states have a temporary H/C permit that could be issued for those ADA addresed issues, but pregnancy itself is not a handicap.

  2. First — What would the feminists say about this. The “I am woman, hear me roar” crowd might feel that the thought that pregnancy is a handicap would be a negative to their cause.
    I’m sorry, but I just have to let you know the definition of feminisim: Its the radical idea that women are people too! You moron. Its not a “cause”, some men are so ignorant it’s amazing. The fact that a woman may have a problem during pregnancy that limits her ability to function physically, as she normally would should not be looked at as a fault. If a man has surgery is he not still respected and treated the same way, even it takes him time to recover? I mean, WTF is your point?
    Jen

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