Pregnant women will be happy with Democratic Councilman David Greenfield of Brooklyn, New York.
The Councilman acknowledged that New York can be a tough place to get around.
Greenfield stated that his new proposal “should make it a little bit easier” to get around during a difficult pregnancy.
Greenfield’s legislation, if passed, will grant pregnant women special parking placards if their doctors say they have physical or mobility challenges.
The special placards will allow such women to park for free in no-parking or no-standing zones until 30 days after their expected due dates.
This even allows women time to recover from childbirth complications.
Critics of the bill have New York’s already big parking problems in mind. They further suggest that the bill could even lead to discrimination against pregnant mothers with these special privileges.
Sonia Ossorio of the National Organization for Women in New York City states, “Parking privileges experiencing difficult pregnancies is a thoughtful idea.
But I don’t want to see a short-term privilege like easy parking…create an environment that further stigmatizes pregnancy.”
Ossorio’s stance is not altogether surprising, as workplace discrimination against pregnant women is already on the rise.
Ossorio described how a women’s career path can be derailed should they become pregnant.