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wkmtca
10:15 AM on 05/29/2012
well..we suck don't we! so proud! not..
09:08 AM on 05/29/2012
once again the US is headed down !!
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masroland64
07:58 AM on 05/29/2012
Obviously, non of you own your own business. You cannot PAY someone for non productivity and you certainly can't keep a position open for a year without filling it with another body!! Get real people pregnancy is not an affliction it is a choice! If you choose to get pregnant and you can't work, quit and have the baby and then go back to another job when you are ready!
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invmartyc
Proud member of the middleclass since 1952!
08:17 AM on 05/29/2012
So what if they did not chose to get pregnant? Is an abortion allowed then?
12:54 PM on 05/29/2012
What's It's actually harder to believe is with as many resources available to everyone and information as prevalent as it is.... that there are still so many people so uninformed, stupid, or unconcerned regarding their personal sexual habits that they can't prevent becoming pregnant.
People are asking to have a womens birth control measures paid for.... and along with that pay for an "unplanned" preganancy ( abortion)... and if that happens give them 3-6 months off and 100% of their pay while their off enjoying the blessed event. and if thru it, they contract a sexual disease... pay for that too.
This has nothing to do with compassion. It is unjust that I should be expected to pay for someone elses careless lifestyle -and if I object, made to feel I'm the one who's cold and heartless because I don't wish to have to pay for their irresponsibility.
09:33 AM on 05/29/2012
Let me guess.Are you a republican?
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Karla Pepmeyer
07:33 AM on 05/29/2012
Last time I expressed an opinion that other women didn't agree with on here I got crusified. But, me and my big mouth have to express our opinion. I really think that our marernity leave should be longer and we should be paid at least for the first say 12 weeks. I also think that if you adopt a child that you should be able to take a bonding time to be with the new adition. I also think that men should be elegiable for some sort of paid leave as well.
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chiefg
10:11 AM on 05/29/2012
I supported my children (4) without help. Granted I was and am healthy. I worked two jobs all through my working life. I don't think I want to pay for some one else to have kids. I retired from work and I want to retire from paying people to not work what ever the reason except health (not pregnancy) and injury. I would much rather we pay deployed soldier's wives to stay home.
10:51 AM on 05/29/2012
I guess you will not be applying for Social Security or Medicare then.
12:36 PM on 06/25/2014
Why would you rather pay for deployed soldier's wives to stay home instead of maternity leave? Isn't becoming a soldier and/or marrying one a choice as well?
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Kristin Maeder Shamhart
10:23 AM on 05/29/2012
I agree. We wonder why our country has the juvenile crime problems, the gangs etc.....well maybe its because we don't spend time with those children once they are born?
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giagul
Earth is the insane asylum for the universe
07:32 AM on 05/29/2012
where did they get 12 weeks for USA? I only got 6 weeks and i was in the U.S. military
10:10 AM on 05/29/2012
yeah, I was offered 6, but I took about 3 for both of my children because I couldn't afford the time off.
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Kristin Maeder Shamhart
10:24 AM on 05/29/2012
I wondered that too. I haven't heard of any place that gives that much with any sort of pay....or really wondered about the so called states that may have benefits available.
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msw368
01:07 PM on 05/29/2012
State of Ohio employees receive six weeks of paid maternity leave for a normal (vaginal) delivery and eight weeks of paid maternity leave for a c-section delivery. After that time, an employee may used their own sick and vacation time to extent their leave up to six months.
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kasel1
Sarcastic physicist, musician, author
07:32 AM on 05/29/2012
No wonder these countries can't pay their bills. Women get off for months with pay to have children. More vacations and holidays, earlier retirement. And the wait for proper medical attention is months if not years. And they're constantly in danger of bankruptcy. But these are the countries this article believes are at the fore front. Yeah, the fore front of economic doom.
07:39 AM on 05/29/2012
GREAT POINT....We're doing such a FABULOUS job of dealing with our debt/deficit by denying people fundamental medical care and humanity. Using the emergancy room as one's "doctor" and lack of any form of publicly run healthcare has made us the model for fisical success....right?
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IndestructibleLioness
Determination that is incorruptible
12:51 PM on 05/29/2012
"Women get off for months with pay to have children."

I'm sure you're Pro-Life
01:08 PM on 05/24/2012
If I had been able to take a year long maternity partially paid at least, I probably would have gone back to work. We decided that I might as well stay home because the income I made would have covered daycare and gas. It makes me wonder if maternity leave is abused in other countries...do they say they will come back, get all that maternity money then quit? I still think longer maternity and partial to full pay would be awesome, but I hope it is not abused in countries lucky enough to have it.
06:35 PM on 05/28/2012
Elisabeth Not sure if your referencing someplace Like Canada at 52 weeks.
I've had 3 children here in Canada. And No there is no payback.
The 52weeks coverage at a 55% gross of pay (and they cap that at $450 a week) comes from the government. I pay into our national EI (employment Insurance) that helps cover when I need maternity coverage, or after losing my job.

I've had my 3 children all while at the same employment that also topped up my pay from 55% to 80% for 28 weeks. Which was helpful. That extra money YES if I did not return to work you would be expected to pay it back with interest.
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dresdengirl
09:05 AM on 05/24/2012
The information on Germany is incorrect. There is 14 weeks of 100% wages, then up to 3 years at reduced rates. After 52 weeks, leave can be taken by either Mother or Father.
08:12 AM on 05/24/2012
Macedonia is NOT a country. What you refer to is The F.Y.R.O.M.
11:06 PM on 05/23/2012
maternal leave needs to go beyond few weeks or months after pregnancy ends. mothers / fathers should have an option of staying off or working alternately up to the point when their kids are in kindergarten or school without worries of losing a job b/c of raising young children. i think the example to emulate is sweden with 420 days devoted to maternal leave. the concept of having kids needs to be looked at from an economic standpoint as well beyond the mere 'birth rate'. Kids are a future of the country and it is in its benefit to make sure there are enough of them to support the aging population before it's too late.
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masroland64
08:03 AM on 05/29/2012
you do know that the tax rate in Sweden is 80% and that their is more out of wedlock children here than any where in the world..I guess that is why!! Who would want that kind of government??..working to give it all away!! although with the current admin. we are certainly headed in that direction!
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fredrdr
Let us dare to read, think, speak and write.
09:02 AM on 05/29/2012
Sweden is one of the happiest countries in the world. When was the last time you met a Swed immagrant?
11:53 PM on 05/29/2012
it's 80% when you are making lots of money - that means the rich are actually chipping in.  sweden has a very high standard of living, way better than US.  swedes know how to support working families so they don't have to worry about 'downsized', 'righsized' or 'outscourced' by vulture capitalists.
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chiefg
10:18 AM on 05/29/2012
Ilegal immigrants would also get it if the US had such a benefit. Then more would come to be the future of our country.
11:54 PM on 05/29/2012
that's a fault of the system that illegal aliens would get these benefits.  families need support in today's economic climate as raising kids is a job in itself but it's being forgotten out there in the corporate world. 
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nanaofmysky
The cats meow.
06:55 PM on 05/23/2012
I thought Canada was now 2 years.
06:31 PM on 05/28/2012
That has been in the rumor mill since they came out with it being year back in the 90's.
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nanaofmysky
The cats meow.
07:04 PM on 05/28/2012
I was actually told this a couple years ago by a customer. Do not really know and am not about to find out. LOL
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eilish
Life ain't like a box of chocolates
04:23 PM on 05/23/2012
What the heck do the clone drones of the 1% need with nurturing anyhoo? They're meant for the corporate mill from birth and they don' need no edducashun or spoon-feedin'.
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TimRivers
Former Conservative; Now Progressive
03:14 PM on 05/23/2012
"In at least 178 countries around the world, paid leave is guaranteed for working moms, while more than 50 countries provide wage benefits for fathers, according to the ILO. The United States, along with Papua New Guinea, Swaziland, Liberia and Lesotho are some of the only countries in the world that provide no type of financial support for mothers..."

So much for "American Exceptionalism"....We are "exceptional" in that we delude ourselves into thinking we have it great here, compared to other nations. We pay the most for healthcare of any country in the world and receive the 31st value for that money spent. We have one of the worst educational systems in the world, rank 17th in math and sciences and still have the "huevos" to claim we are "exceptional". What hubris!
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Christina Robins
08:58 AM on 05/23/2012
What they don't tell you, is that in Ontario 10-15% of firings happen before you get to mat leave. This is something that needs to be addressed as a serious problem with employers right now!
08:51 AM on 05/23/2012
I am personally nauseated by the lack of regard for mothers, babies and families in the United States.
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Goldie Treasure
Biracial.26.Sarcastic.Daughter
10:53 AM on 05/23/2012
You made the choice, don't expect special treatment or anyone to bend over backwards for you.
12:36 PM on 05/23/2012
You are a 24 year old Canadian why would you even be commenting on this from my viewpoint? Canada's leave is liberal compared to the US.
02:58 PM on 05/23/2012
The human race would cease to exist if "the choice" was never made.
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TimRivers
Former Conservative; Now Progressive
03:16 PM on 05/23/2012
But always remember that the GOTP and their ilk value the "sanctity of life" above all else (that is until that child is born).
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fredrdr
Let us dare to read, think, speak and write.
09:06 AM on 05/29/2012
As someone who grew up poor in the 50's, you are right. When I was 10 I was struck by a car, not my fault. My arm requred numerous stiches. Back then, as the stiches were not absorbed by the body, they had to be removed. Pain killers, thats only for those who pay. My appointment took a entended period of time as we could not pay. As a result when the stitches came out, meat came with them. Once again pain killers only for those who pay. For those who doublt me, I did not get indoor plumbing until I was 11. I'm a blue neck.
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IndestructibleLioness
Determination that is incorruptible
01:06 PM on 05/29/2012
Mad if the woman aborts the baby and mad if the woman has the baby. Smh.