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[–] carpetplaydohx2 21 points (+21|-0)

I love her so damn much. She's got not just my vote, but I've also contributed to her re-election fund. She's really out there walking the walk.

[–] Ruby 18 points (+18|-0)

I truly hope she is successful in this endeavor.

And if she is successful, women will have more paid leave available to them in the case of losing a pregnancy than they will have after delivering a live baby.

The continued lack of paid/guaranteed maternity leave in the US is appalling.

FMLA - unpaid leave of up to 12 weeks - is NOT guaranteed to all women. To qualify you must:

  • work at a private business with >50 employees working within 75 miles or work at a public agency/school
  • work for the employer for at least 12 months
  • worked at least 1,250 hours in those months

I hope this passes but damn we need so much more than this.

[–] Turtlefuzz [OP] 9 points (+9|-0)

I agree 100%. Paid maternity and paternity leave should be available for all employees, even part time.

This is a step in the right direction though.

[–] XXathlete 10 points (+10|-0)

My big question with this is, what proof will be required? Not everyone goes to the doctor for a miscarriage, let alone immediately. And does a chemical pregnancy count? What counts as a miscarriage? What if you're 19 weeks; technically, that's not a stillbirth, it's a miscarriage, but I feel like you deserve more than three days.

[–] JoanOfBark 4 points (+4|-0)

There are definitely kinks to work out, but I am also just glad that someone in a position of power has put this on the table

[–] SulphuricMirror 4 points (+4|-0)

That's good, I hope US women get it, I know maternity rights there are next to nil. It's weird how men depend on us and force us to reproduce and pass on their crap chromosomes and then they expect us to live like it's not happening and it doesn't cost anything. Do they understand that we carry the human race, and we can stop the ride if we want to? Seems like they don't. American women, frankly, should strike, like Icelandic women did in the 70s, but I know there is too much division and not enough class consciousness right now for this to happen. Maybe one day, though. :)

[–] Shinyowl 1 points (+1|-0)

One of my coworkers has experienced several miscarriages, which were hugely traumatic for her. I can only imagine the pain.

I have long admired Tammy Duckworth. I do hope that she is successful in this endeavor.