AB 1940 would declare all women in their final three months of pregnancy, and through their first two months after giving birth, as having a “temporary disability.” They could then pay $6 to the Department of Motor Vehicles to access any disabled spot in California marked with a blue and white wheelchair symbol for that five-month period.
The proposed law, similar to a measure that failed four years ago, is drawing criticism from some advocates for the disabled, who say blue-zone parking is in short supply; from women’s rights groups, who dislike labeling pregnancy as a disability; and from a coalition of ob-gyns, who encourage their patients to exercise.
“Overall, physicians want pregnant women to be active, so this bill is actually counterproductive,” said Shannon Smith-Crowley, legislative advocate for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists chapter in California.
Being pregnant is not a handicap and I think most expectant moms know that.
Besides, many stores across North America offer expecting mom parking spots close to the door. Isn’t that good enough?