Pregnancy and work

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As I read state Rep. Frank Dermody's arguments to expand Medicaid ("Expand Medicaid Right Now," Oct. 20), I was struck by his notion that somehow pregnancy makes a woman unable to seek or procure employment. As a woman who has given birth six times, I can assure the representative that carrying a child is neither a disease nor an incapacitating disability.

It is beyond sad that Rep. Dermody and those who share his outdated views continue to manufacture barriers for women where none, in fact, exist.


The writer was a candidate in Pennsylvania's 2010 Republican primary race for U.S. Senate.

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