New Zealand is always a few steps ahead. Now, for those who suffer a spontaneous abortion, there are 3 days of leave
New Zealand wants to be at the forefront of women’s rights. In fact, the country receives leave for mourning after a miscarriage or a stillborn baby. This is foreseen by a new law that was approved in Parliament unanimously, reports the BBC. New Zealand law already provides that couples can benefit from three-day paid leave in these cases, but the pregnancy must be over 20 weeks: the law, which is expected to come into effect in the coming months, will guarantee paid leave regardless of when in which miscarriage occurs.
Congresswoman Ginny Andersen, who presented the bill, said that this way mothers and their partners will be able to cope with their loss without taking sick leave. New Zealand becomes the second country in the world to have introduced this rule, after India, which provides three days of bereavement leave. One in four women in New Zealand has had a miscarriage. “Their pain is not a disease, it is a loss. And the loss takes time,” said MP Andersen, adding that New Zealand “was paving the way for progressive and compassionate legislation.”
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Leave for miscarriage and other news
New Zealand is always not one but 10 steps forward. The country ruled by Jacinda Ardern, 40th and current Prime Minister of New Zealand and head of the New Zealand Labor Party since October 26, 2017, is ringing law after law to make concepts like gender equality and feminism something tangible. of concrete.
After the law on wage equity, which set in motion a reorganization and review of the salaries of male and female workers through the criterion of equality between males and females, the liberalization, in March 2020, of theabortion voluntary within 20 weeks of pregnancy and after the provision that made sanitary pads in schools free, the New Zealand parliament unanimously voted to grant mothers and their partners three days of bereavement leave after a miscarriage or a child stillborn. The law will apply to both mothers and their partners of any sex and to parents who intend to have a child through adoption or surrogacy.
To announce the new law, CNN with the declaration of the Labor MP Ginny Andersen, promoter of the bill. “That way mothers and their partners will be able to cope with their loss without taking sick leave.”
What the law says
“Their pain is not a disease, it is a loss. And the loss takes time. I hope that we will be among the first, but not the last, and that other countries will begin to legislate for a more humane and equitable leave system that recognizes the suffering and pain following miscarriages and death at birth. ” Deputy Andersen on the statistic she sees 1 in 4 women with a spontaneous abortion or childbirth with a stillborn baby. Among cases of miscarriage, more than 95% of them occur in the first 12-14 weeks of pregnancy.
This form of protection it is also provided in the first weeks of pregnancy and will also be valid in case of surrogacy, while it will not include voluntary termination of pregnancy.
What happens in Italy
In Italy there is still no law that provides for bereavement leave in the event of a spontaneous abortion or the birth of a dead child. Only after 180 days from the date of the start of pregnancy is there a kind of leave similar to maternity as reported by the INPS website and only for the mother. “If the termination of pregnancy occurs, however, before 180 days from the date of the start of the pregnancy, the subsequent periods of absence from work certified by the doctor are absence of illness.”