Sen. Duckworth pushes for paid leave for pregnancy loss

CHICAGO — U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth introduced legislation that would provide three days of paid leave for women after a pregnancy loss. The measure would also help women coping with a failed adoption or surrogacy, an unsuccessful fertility procedure or a related medical diagnosis. Duckworth...

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nadiakat13
nadiakat13
331 · 4 days ago · Reddit

This is great, but I can’t believe we don’t even have paid leave after having or adopting a child yet. I wasn’t even able to use fmla for unpaid leave as I wasn’t in my job for a year- they were expecting me to come back after my 2 weeks of vacation were up

xnormajeanx
xnormajeanx
139 · 4 days ago · Reddit

I don’t understand why this should be its own category. That then requires people to inform their employers about something very personal.

There should be paid leave for medical issues, mental health, and for bereavement. Pregnancy loss as a separate category makes zero sense to me.

Before people pile on, I am a woman who has had three losses. Last thing I would have wanted to do is talk to my employer about them.

butkusrules
butkusrules
48 · 4 days ago · Reddit

The most aggravating part of this that the “family values” politicians are the ones always blocking these reforms. Perhaps…just perhaps they are lying about their focus on the family. 🤔

bombyx_amore
bombyx_amore
28 · 4 days ago · Reddit

Yes please. Pregnancy loss can with some pretty rough physical effects, never mind the mental ones. I went back to work three days after my loss bleeding, lactating, having a hard time in any position but lying down, on pain meds, and in no headspace to do my job. It was...not great.

For the record, my husband could have used a moment of rest, too.

synthtropic
synthtropic
16 · 4 days ago · Reddit

This is something that is really needed.

I know it's natural to say 'why not also do this for ...' but please keep in mind that many jobs have bereavement leave but probably zero have policies in place for this. Getting legislation like this in headlines draws desperately needed awareness, and we're only talking three days.

Trying to talk to your boss (particularly a guy) about why you can't come to work that day because of the physical pain you feel after this kind of loss is difficult enough.

I've lost close family members and experienced pregnancy loss (as a partner) and the latter cuts much more deeply and the pain lingers much longer.

It is unnecessary to attack this proposed legislation because it doesn't address all the reasons people should get time away from work.

grizzly_teddy
grizzly_teddy
15 · 4 days ago · Reddit

I get it, but of you're going to have paid leave for pregnancy loss, why not paid leave after losing a parent? A sibling? A child? And then just extrapolate that paid leave to any traumatic event. I dunno. Seems like a good idea but not sure why a lost pregnancy deserves paid time off but other things don't. Just a thought.

Rusty_Empathy
Rusty_Empathy
8 · 4 days ago · Reddit

I worked for a company that offered paid 4 weeks parental leave which was an awesome benefit.

However, the policy was only for living children so I had to inform two employees on two separate occasions that their leave request was denied because their child was stillborn. What was offered was a combination of 3 days paid bereavement and unpaid FMLA as the company did not want to get into splitting hairs of why these parents received a paid leave but if someone’s two year old passed they did not.

I have never felt like more of an asshole having to tell those poor people dealing with the shock of losing their child that oh by the way you’re only getting paid for 3 days.

PlacidBuddha72
PlacidBuddha72
7 · 4 days ago · Reddit

We should be giving new mothers 6 months at least. When the economic conditions of society discourage people from having children your not in a good place.

BrianMincey
BrianMincey
5 · 4 days ago · Reddit

We shouldn’t have to make laws for stuff like this. Anyone that wouldn’t grant a woman time off for losing a baby is just evil. Why on earth do we have to legislate common decency?