Free Parking for Pregnant Women?
A proposed bill could give expectant mothers in New York a leg up.
After witnessing his wife struggle though two intense pregnancies, New York City Councilman David Greenfield came up with a proposal: Give pregnant women free parking!
The bill, which Greenfield plans to introduce next week, would allow these ladies to park for free in no-standing and no-parking zones up to 30 days after their expected due dates.
However, a woman would need to have been diagnosed with physical or mobility challenges by a doctor in order to qualify.
“New York is a tough place to get around,” said Greenfield, who equates the bill with giving up one’s subway seat to a pregnant woman. “If you have a difficult pregnancy, it’s even tougher. This should make it a little bit easier.”
While many are applauding the proposal, some are still concerned that the bill will only further complicate the city’s parking laws or add to the discrimination against expectant moms. Sonia Ossorio of the National Organization for Women in NYC is especially worried about the possibility of pregnant women being viewed as weak.
“A lot of bosses just don’t think you’ll be as dedicated, that you’re as nimble or fast, mentally or physically,” said Ossorio. “You see women’s career paths completely take a wrong turn as a result of getting pregnant and becoming mothers.” (New York Daily News)
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Carolyn French is an assistant editor at BettyConfidential.