Why We Need a Conservative Paid Family Leave Policy

Imagine if all families could welcome a new baby or adopted child by spending the first first few months together bonding as a family. What kind of impact could that have on our communities?

The need:

Helps Federal Budget:

  • Could increase number of taxpayers by reversing plummeting birthrate of 1.71 live births per woman (need 2.1 in order to maintain taxpayer population). (US News & World Report).

Pro-Life:

  • Supports women who choose life since most who have abortions say they cannot afford the child. (Guttmacher Institute)

Importance of Bonding:

  • Studies show that early bonding is crucial for the long-term mental health and resilience of children. (National Institutes of Health)

  • Fathers also produce the love hormone “oxytocin” when with baby those first few weeks, leading to them being more involved in childrearing later. (NBC News)

Health of Baby:

  • Babies with mothers at home are more likely to be breastfed and have regular doctors' visits. (The Economic Journal)

Health of Mother:

Keeps Mothers off public assistance:

  • 48% with household incomes under $30,000 go on public assistance after the birth of a baby. (Pew Research Center)

  • After taking paid leave, mothers are 39% less likely to go on public assistance and 40% less likely to need food stamps. (Rutgers University

Benefits Businesses:

  • 90% of employers reported a positive impact or no impact from the introduction of paid leave policies. (Department of Labor)

Public Support:

  • 71% of registered voters support paid leave for parents, crossing party, gender, and ideological lines (65% of conservatives, 68% of moderates, 83% of liberals). (Echelon Insights)

Fits Conservative Values:

  • No mandates on business, no new taxes, optional.

 

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