Yes, it’s still being debated. And it’s rage-inducing in anyone who would prefer to believe that kindness and compassion exists within busy cities. So, should people feel obligated to surrender a seat on public transit for pregnant women?
Ken Gallinger (Toronto Star) says: Don’t be alarmed if people don’t offer a seat right away—they may have been chided in the past for trying. Read more: Is it Unethical to Not Give a Pregnant Woman a Seat on Public Transit?
Many commenters on the above story say: It was your choice to get pregnant, so why should I give up my seat? Plus, you’re not disabled, you’re just pregnant.
We say: Show your fellow passengers some compassion and offer a seat to anyone who may appreciate it, including pregnant women who may be uncomfortable or unsteady. Sure, it is usually a choice to get pregnant, but it’s also a choice to go skiing—if someone injured themselves skiing, does that make them less worthy of compassion? Read more: I’m Pregnant, and Yes, I Would Love to Sit Down
THIS SOLVES EVERYTHING: In London, those who are expecting can apply for a “Baby on Board” badge to be used while riding the Tube. You wear it to clearly communicate that you’re pregnant and would like to sit. If you don’t want a seat, leave it safely stashed. Bring this to Canada, we say. The sooner, the better!