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  • We should have it

    Think about it. The US and Paupa New Gunie are the ONLY PLACES ON EARTH without it. England has it, Japan has it, Canada has it, even Saudi Arabia has it! Women need the money so they can support the babies. Sure women in the US get twelve weeks off but think of the costs! Some women have to go back to work less than 2 weeks later! One woman had to go back to work the same day she gave birth! Um hello America, MAKE SENSE.

  • It works everywhere else, and doesn't hurt small businesses

    The US is one of only four nations that does not have paid maternity leave. The idea that it hurts small businesses is frankly absurd. In fact a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that not offering paid maternity leave actually hurts small businesses, because fewer employees are willing to work for them and this hurts output and production.
    As for the argument that this would create inequality, there is an easy solution to this "problem". By making Maternity leave into parental leave it would be available to fathers as well.

  • Yes we should

    The maternity leave would allow the mothers / parents to have a much needed break after a tough couple of months, would allow the mother to spend more time with the infant during the crucial first weeks of his / her life, and would help mothers suffering from postpartum depression have some time to recover and adopt to their new situation.
    I can't imagine anything but corporate greed to vote no when it comes to paid maternity leave.

  • Man from the Women

    Without women there's no men in the world. Biologically, we can't make babies without women. The pregrant is the honor to mother, but if we just don't paid the maternity leave to them. It means we don't considered the both women and babies. Babies are our treasures, they will lead tommorrow's world. We must make the welfare for all the pregrant mother for our tommorrow.

  • DUH its yes

    If you had a kid you need money for your kids to feed them and more
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  • Yes, it should

    This woman just had a baby. She needs money to care for her baby/family. It's as simple as that. And I can't really think of much else to say, so I'm just typing random words to fill the space and reach the remainder of words required to submit this. Yeah.

  • I don't support Just Maternity Leave.

    Either Men and Women both get the same opportunities, or neither. There's no gray area.

    If a woman can take off a year with pay to be with their child, a Man should get the same opportunity. You can cite biological differences all you want in rebuttal, but either I as a business owner have to pay you to not be at work, male or female, or I don't.

    If a woman needs more recovery time due to being cut open or recovery for complications or whatever else, That was HER choice to undertake that pregnancy. It was her choice to follow through. She should have the ability to save to be off the several months to recover with help from her baby's father. You've got 9 months to get prepped.

    So either Women get it and Men get it, or Neither does.

    Honestly, I'd say no. Figure this crap out, stop asking other people to be responsible for your decisions.

  • Equal pay for equal work.

    Goes both ways. Equal work for equal pay. Look at it this way, if you had a small business, could you afford to pay employees that don't show up to work? Another way to look at is if women got paid leave, they employer would have to hire someone else to work over that time. This would increase the cost of their products or services, so could be used to justify not hiring women to keep costs down.
    As any parent will say, kids are expensive. If you can't do without a few weeks pay, you can't afford to raise the child. If you can afford to raise a child, you can do without a few weeks pay and if you can't afford to raise the child, don't have kids.
    Equal work for equal pay makes sense.

  • No, Not Fair

    Would it be a nice gesture for the US to allow paid maternity leave? Sure.
    But why should employers be forced to pay for employees' take time off? If you took a month off for any other reason, your employer would probably fire you. In addition, if you ask for maternity leave, then you should logically support the concept of paternity leave as well.

  • Infringes on Business' Rights

    By forcing a business to pay for a worker's maternity leave (or paternity leave), you are infringing on their right to not pay her, or fire her if they wish. In a true free market system the employer could choose to make maternity leave a benefit in order to attract better workers. By mandating it, the government is restricting the employer and business' rights. (Same thing goes with minimum wage and sick leave/vacation time.)

  • Infringes on Business' Rights

    By forcing a business to pay for a worker's maternity leave (or paternity leave), you are infringing on their right to not pay her, or fire her if they wish. In a true free market system the employer could choose to make maternity leave a benefit in order to attract better workers. By mandating it, the government is restricting the employer and business' rights. (Same thing goes with minimum wage and sick leave/vacation time.)


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