Maternity Leave: Don't American Moms Deserve Better? (Infographic)

Judged by global standards, U.S. mothers and infants are screwed.

Allan MacDonell is TakePart’s News + Opinion editor, with a focus on social justice.

Maternity Leave in the U.S. TakePart.com Infographic

The talking points around women’s rights in the 2012 Presidential elections have ranged, so far, from “the dangers of contraception” to the moral quandary raised by providing morning-after birth-control pills to rape victims.

The dialogue is a sharp spin away from any meaningful examination of why America’s maternity leave policy is so much stingier than global standards. Babies, mothers and the country as a whole are bearing the cost.

Until paid maternity leave is put to the vote, as a national issue, our infants and mothers will go on being shortchanged of the richest weeks of their lives.

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