The City of Boston now allows its employees to take up to 12 weeks of leave with pay when they abort their unborn babies.
The New Boston Post reports the city council passed the amendment to its parental leave policy on Sept. 15. The vote was unanimous, and acting Mayor Kim Janey signed it two days later.
The new parental leave benefits for city employees allow up to 12 weeks of paid leave for men and women “for pregnancy loss, including all abortions for any reason,” according to the Post. The policy also allows leave time for parents of newborns and adoptive parents.
Parental or bereavement leave for employees who have abortions appears to be a growing trend.
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In October, the City Council of Portland, Oregon also approved expanding bereavement leave to include abortions. And earlier this year, the British bank Monzo attracted news attention when it began offering new paid leave benefits for employees who miscarry or abort their unborn babies.
These actions are significant because they recognize, if only inadvertently, that an abortion is a loss. Unlike a miscarriage or stillbirth, however, the loss is intentional. The purpose of an abortion is to kill an unborn baby, a unique, living human being in their mother’s womb.
In contrast, New Zealand passed a law this year to require bereavement leave for parents who lose an unborn baby to miscarriage. The law allows mothers, fathers and adoptive parents to take up to three days of paid leave from work if their unborn child dies in a miscarriage or stillbirth. However, the law does not apply to parents whose unborn babies are killed in elective abortions.