Magazine May 23, 2016, Issue

A Conservative Approach to Maternity Leave

(Luba Myts)
The Right should not ignore this issue.

With Hillary Clinton as the likely Democratic nominee and potentially the first female president, paid maternity leave will be a big issue in the general election and beyond. Republicans have a choice to make: They can either stand on the sidelines shouting “No” and be passed by, as they were in the Obamacare debate, or they can be the architects of a thoughtful maternity-leave policy that works for new mothers, employers, the federal budget, and the economy.

The United States is the only country in the developed world without a national paid-maternity-leave program. The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993

Abby M. McCloskey is an economist, is founder of McCloskey Policy LLC, and has advised numerous presidential campaigns. She is a member of the AEI-Brookings Working Group on Paid Leave.

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