House Republicans advance bill to protect rights of pregnant students on campus

House Republicans are moving forward with a bill Wednesday morning aimed at advancing the rights of pregnant students on college campuses.

The Pregnant Students’ Rights Act is targeted toward students with unplanned pregnancies and would require that schools inform women of the rights and accommodations available to them under Title IX to combat the “pressure that their only option is to receive an abortion or risk academic failure.”

“Simply, this bill operates on the assumption that pregnant women, especially those facing the daunting uncertainty of an unexpected college pregnancy, should know all options available to them to help carry the baby to term,” Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, told the Washington Examiner. “The goal with any decision during this deeply personal and sensitive time should be to maximize the pregnant mothers’ educational journey while
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