Maternity leave is a hot topic for mothers of all ages. Whether they are discussing the benefits they receive, length, whether it's paid or unpaid, it's a mothers right to have some time to bond with her new child. Well the ACLU of New Mexico thinks that teen mothers - specifically the ones who still attend school - should also receive a sort of maternity leave.
Typical, non-parent students receive 10 excused absences every semester. The proposed law would give both mothers and fathers up to 14 excused absences each semester. Mothers would receive an additional 10 days to be considered as maternity leave.
If you think about it, if a company allows new mothers to take time off from their job, then why can't a student take time off from their job - going to school?
Before you even think that this is a sort of "perk" or way to glamorize teen pregnancy, you're wrong. An additional 4 days of time away from school is in no way a plus or benefit to being pregnant, delivering a baby, and being a parent the rest of your life. There is no way that is a fair trade.
The proposed law would also say that any student using those days off would have to make up the work, so it's not just a free pass. It's much needed help when a baby is sick and needs to go to the doctor, like the mom mentioned in this news article
. What do you think? Is it fair to give teen parents time off from school for bonding and medical needs?