A woman who has an abortion cannot be fired for doing so because the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act also protects the decision to terminate a pregnancy, the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first impression.

The decision by a unanimous three-judge panel in Doe v. CARS Protection Plus Inc. revives a suit brought by a woman who claims she opted to have an abortion after tests showed that her baby had severe deformities and that she was fired three days later — the day she attended the funeral for the baby.

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