New Zealand approves paid leave after miscarriages
Published: 06:17 PM, 25 March 2021 Updated: 06:37 PM, 25 March 2021
Labour MP Ginny Andersen, who advanced the bill through parliament that will permit the couple who have miscarriage for paid leave; Photo: Collected
New Zealand parliament has approved a new law that will permit the couple who have miscarriage or stillbirth for paid bereavement leave instead of sick leave.
The new law will allow mothers and their partners to “come to terms with their losses” without taking a sick leave, said MP Ginny Andersen, who put forward the bill on Thursday.
“The bill also applies to those having a child through adoption,” she also said.
The legislation – unanimously passed in parliament – provides “three days of bereavement leave”, Ginny Andersen informed the media.
“One in for women in New Zealand have has a miscarriage,” she told the media, hoping that the new provision would give them time for overcoming their loss without taking sick leave.
Final reading of my Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage Bill. This is a Bill about workers’ rights and fairness. I hope it gives people time to grieve and promotes greater openness about miscarriage. We should not be fearful of our bodies. pic.twitter.com/dwUWINVjLm— Ginny Andersen (@ginnyandersen) March 24, 2021
“Their grief is not an illness, it is loss. And loss takes time,” said MP Ginny Andersen, adding that New Zealand was leading the way for progressive and compassionate legislation.
It is to be mentioned that the New Zealand parliament passed an amendment bill a year ago that “decriminalized abortion” and allowed women to choose a termination up to 20 weeks into a pregnancy.
New Zealand is the second country in the world to introduce the measure after India.