Teen moms asking for maternity leave
Time to weigh in on the national stir caused by pregnant students in a Denver high school who are asking the school board for at least four weeks of maternity leave so they can heal, bond with their newborns and not be penalized with unexcused absences, according to an article in The Denver Post. Denver has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the state.
The stir began when counselors from East High School approached the school board saying the policy at their school is unfair because it forces new moms to return to school the day after being discharged from the hospital or face being charged with unexcused absences. District officials are reviewing the policy, which currently allows schools to set their own rules.
I'm torn. Returning to school the day after giving birth is physically impossible. That's why employers give maternity leave. There is a whole Family Leave Act that Congress passed to allow mothers to stay home to care for their baby. Shouldn't teen mothers also be covered by this?
But then these girls are irresponsibly having unprotected sex and getting pregnant. Should they be rewarded with four weeks maternity leave? This could possibly create more unwanted pregnancies because girls are trying to get out of school.
One blogger writes: Its a no win situation, but a real problem that at least is being addressed.
It's a controversial topic with no easy answer. What are your feelings?