A woman who miscarries shouldn’t have to go to work the next day. A person experiencing adoption or surrogacy failure shouldn’t need to prepare for that big job presentation just yet. A family that finds out that fertility treatment has failed shouldn’t have to travel to work the same week.
This is the goal of the Loss Support Act of Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.). Duckworth introduced the bill in the Senate, alongside Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) In the House on Tuesday morning to establish new paid leave benefits for individuals and couples who suffer loss while trying to make their family grow. Under the proposed legislation, workers would be granted at least three days of paid leave in the event of miscarriage, failure of IVF treatment or medical diagnosis affecting fertility, between other problems related to pregnancy or fertility.
“Different families will face pregnancy loss in their own way, but they deserve the opportunity to deal with it. People deserve the time to deal with this, ”Duckworth told HuffPost. “Some people may need to grieve, others may need time to just regroup and formulate a plan to start over. But the key element here is time.
Duckworth, a mother of two, said she had gone through 10 years of struggling with infertility, including miscarriage. She knows first-hand the exhaustion and hopelessness that come with struggling with fertility and pregnancy.
“I have been through many, many failed IVF cycles where I had hope and it would fail. Each of these cycles has been devastating for me and my husband, but me in particular, ”Duckworth said, adding that she miscarried during the election campaign while running for the senator. “It was quite devastating having to go through this [miscarriage] process and not have time to deal with it.
The Support Through Loss Act will allocate $ 45 million per year to the National Institutes of Health to support pregnancy loss research programs. Additionally, the legislation encourages the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to raise awareness of these issues by providing more publicly available information and mental health support.
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