California legislators kill bill to give parking privileges to pregnant women.
Pregnancy isn't a disability. If it leads to temporary disability, go to a doctor, get a note, and then hit the DMV. But in and of itself, though pregnancy may be a pain in the ass. But it runs counter to policy to consider parking placards, as the bill's author Chuck DeVore says, as a matter of helping "women who are not necessarily disabled but are having a particularly painful day, or have swollen feet, or have given birth and find themselves struggling to switch their newborn from a car seat to a stroller in a parking lot with cars jetting by." No. Sorry. Maybe I'm overly sensitive to the issues since disability policy is sort of in my genes, but there's just no way this flies with disability advocates, is there?
Nope, there's not:
"Pregnancy is not itself a disability and, secondly, we are creating an issue for the disability community without offering a solution," said Charlotte Newhart of California NOW and the American Association of University Women.Sorry Chuck: you're a good stag but this is bad policy.