New Zealand parliament passes miscarriage bereavement leave bill

Parliament of New Zealand has put forward a new bill that will allow couples who have a miscarriage or stillbirth to be eligible for paid bereavement leave.

CAPE TOWN, March 25 (ANA) – The Parliament of New Zealand has put forward a new bill that will allow couples who have a miscarriage or stillbirth to be eligible for paid bereavement leave.

Member of Parliament (MP), Ginny Andersen, put forward the bill and other MPs unanimously supported it.

Anderson said the bill was dedicated to the 20,000 women who miscarry each year in the country.

The bill will help mothers and their partners to come to terms with their loss without taking sick leave, Anderson said on New Zealand’s Parliament TV on demand on Wednesday.

It applies to mothers, their partners, as well as parents who were planning to have a child through adoption or surrogacy.

It will allow the parents three days of bereavement leave following a miscarriage or stillbirth.

“I am proud to stand here and present a bill that makes worker’s rights for women stronger in New Zealand,” Anderson said in parliament.

She thanked other members of parliament for their unanimous support.

Anderson said it was careless and wrong of employers to use up their employees’ sick-leave when they were going through extreme loss.

“The grief that comes with miscarriage is not a sickness. It is a loss,” said Anderson.

She acknowledged that loss takes time to recover both physically and mentally, for both parents.

“I am proud to live in a country that does not shy away from compassionate, fair and progressive legislation for women,” Anderson said.

Anderson said she was proud of all the other progressive legislation in her country including, enabling women to vote, equal pay legislation and removing abortion from the crimes act.

“We have a proud history for fairness and equity for women,” she said.

– African News Agency (ANA); Editing by Naomi Mackay

ANA NEWS WIRE Disclaimer:
The African News Agency (ANA) is a news wire service and therefore subscribes to the highest standards of journalism as it relates to accuracy, fairness and impartiality.
ANA strives to provide accurate, well sourced and reliable information across Text, Images and Video. Where errors do appear, ANA will seek to correct these timeously and transparently.
The ANA platform also contains news and information from third party sources. ANA has sought to procure reliable content from trusted news sources but cannot be held responsible for the accuracy and opinions provided by such sources on the ANA platform or linked sites.
The content provided for on the ANA News Wire platform, both through the ANA news operation and via its third party sources, are for the sole use of authorised subscribers and partners. Unauthorised access to and usage of ANA content will be subject to legal steps. ANA reserves its rights in this regard.
ANA makes every effort to ensure that the website is up and running smoothly at all times, however ANA does not take responsibility for, and will not be held liable for times when the website is temporarily unavailable due to technical issues that are beyond our control.