Skinner, a Shepherdstown lawyer, also said Folk's amendment would add fetuses to those who could bring a claim against an employer for failing to make accommodations for the pregnant employee.
"How does the fetus make a claim?" he asked Folk.
Folk said a parent would file the claim, just as is the case for legal actions on behalf of children under age 18.
Delegate Peggy Donaldson Smith, D-Lewis, called the amendments nonsensical.
"The purpose of this bill is to protect the pregnant woman," she said. "These amendments make no sense to me, as a mother or a lawyer."
Folk's first amendment was rejected by a 34-60 margin; the second failed 38-56. House Democrats voted against the measures, with several House Republicans also voting no.
The bill, which passed on a 94-0 vote, with six delegates absent, now goes to the Senate.
It does not specify types of accommodations that are to be made to allow pregnant employees to continue to work, but requires the state Human Rights Commission to come up with legislative rules to submit to the Legislature within two years after the bill becomes law.
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