The Case for Paid Family Leave


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Paid Family Leave Reflects God’s Good Design for Work and Family

The Christian tradition sees both family life and work as two God-given spheres of human responsibility. Yet many parents experience work and family life as sources of constant conflict.

What would it look like for work and family spheres to complement, rather than compete with, each other?

 
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Paid Family Leave Can Protect Vulnerable Families

Welcoming a new child or taking time off for family care can mean forgoing wages. Without paid family leave families must depend on their savings to have family time. Many families cannot buffer lost wages with savings. Family time shouldn’t depend on family wealth.

 
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Paid Family Leave is Pro-Life

Paid family leave helps families honor the sanctity of life at both the beginning and end of life.

  • Paid family leave is associated with fewer preterm births, higher birth weights, and lower infant mortality. 

  • Family care is important at the end-of-life. 

 
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Paid Family Leave is Pro-Child

Parents have a primary role in protecting and nurturing children. Science offers convincing evidence for this. Scientists increasingly trace child brain development to early interactions with loved ones. In the first months of life, a parent’s touch, sound, and attention are the foundation for a healthy brain, healthy body, and healthy relationships. In sum, children flourish in the context of family. 

Dr. Krista Casler discusses crucial components of early child development and how paid family leave factors in.

 
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Paid Family Leave is Pro-Family

The health of families and of society are bound up with one another. It takes healthy families to sustain a healthy, functioning society. When we respect and protect family caregiving, we strengthen our whole society.

  • Family leave can support parental well-being and foster healthy family relationships.

  • Family leave can enable parent-child bonding.

  • Many Americans feel they have too little time for family or medical care.