The Conservative Case from Paid Family Leave

Instead of a new baby creating a financial crisis, what if both parents could be supported to stay home and bond with their baby and family? Currently, 25% of new mothers return to work within two weeks of giving birth. Fathers go back even sooner, although studies show those home during this time are more likely to be involved in future child-rearing activities. Statistics on the health of families in the US is troubling with marriage and childbirth rates plummeting. Meanwhile, infant mortality rates are the highest in the developed world.

The White House has long supported a conservative approach to paid family leave with Senators Rubio, Lee, and Ernst recently advocating for legislative solutions. This panel will discuss the options for what a pro-life, pro-family paid family leave policy could look like and why it should be a priority for conservatives.