Changing the Law for Maternity Leave Essay

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If I could make any law, what would it be and why?

When a law is passed, it can have a large effect on the citizens of that area. It has been said that the first year of a child’s life is the basic foundation of their entire life. In order to make that first year successful, money, time and of course love are critical. However because the current policies that exist in America, mothers are denied an easy balance between work, money, and time for their children. The current policies regarding maternity leave are extremely outdated and need to be reformed to accommodate mothers in this day and age. If I could create a law in America, it would be a law upgrading the Family and Medical Leave Act, requiring all employers
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According to the National Partnership, 76% of respondents of a survey favored updating the Family Medical Leave Act. Also, 84% of people under 30 favored updating the act, and 72% of people over 65 favor the updating of the act. Some believe that paid leave will be extremely bad timing, will be difficult to fund, and that the government should focus on the fiscal cliff instead. However, in the long run having paid maternity leave will result in saving money.

There is a direct relationship between the amount of leave one is granted, and breastfeeding rates. In a 2010 study it said the US could prevent 900 deaths of infants and save 13 billion dollars per year if 90% of women breastfeed exclusively for the first six months of their child’s life. As of 2010, only 43% of babies in America are breastfed for six months. Women are not able to breastfeed exclusively due to the high demands of work. Some believe that updating the Family Medical Leave Act will create debt but the findings of this study say it can actually help the economy and save lives.
According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, mothers who return to work soon after the birth of a child are more likely to become depressed and are less healthy than mothers who do not, and one third of mothers end up in debt after childbirth due to having unpaid maternity leave. When a woman has access to paid leave after birth they are more

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