Boston’s new mayor, Michelle Wu, has made it easier for state employees to take paid leave after having an abortion, thanks to a parental leave change she pushed through.
An amended version of parental leave was voted in unanimously on Sept. 15, 2021, and signed by interim mayor Kim Janey two days later. It took effect immediately. According to the New Boston Post, a city of Boston municipal employee can get up to 12 weeks of paid leave from work whether she has a miscarriage or a voluntary abortion.
“Passage of this ordinance would provide a paid parental leave benefit to city employees (parents) in the event of a natural birth by any method, adoption, surrogacy, and loss of pregnancy. Docket #0481 would also extend the paid parental leave to 12 weeks from six weeks,” the new policy says.
Boston is not the first place to implement this controversial progressive policy. In October, Portland, Oregon, made headlines for being the first to approve 3-day bereavement leave after an abortion for employees.
In contrast, New Zealand implemented a law this year that provides bereavement leave for parents who lose an unborn child due to miscarriage but does not apply if the unborn child is killed by abortion.
The fact that the state grants bereavement compensation for voluntary abortions somewhat acknowledges the elimination of human life within the womb.
Supporters of the amendment justify the extension of the paid parental leave policy in an intentional abortion by citing the terrible effects a woman faces when she loses her child to a miscarriage.
In March, when the amendment bill was introduced, Michelle Wu, who was then a city councilor, along with two colleagues, also asked to amend the language in the law so that the term “pregnancy loss” would include miscarriages as well as intentional abortions.
Boston City Councilor Essaibi George said of abortion in March, “I know this to be a physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausting experience that is often kept secret, and those experiencing it are often unable to get the care they need.”
Meanwhile, Liberal councilor Lydia Edwards stated, “I think this makes us more equitable. This makes us stronger as a city and acknowledging that there’s a loss of pregnancy and that a person may, they’re not required (to), but they may need to take leave in order to deal with that.”
On the other hand, as expected, the international abortion clinic Planned Parenthood, which profits from abortion by making millions of dollars, supported the policy of the newly elected mayor of Boston and her defense of the state ROE law that allows abortions up to nine months of pregnancy.
“The Mayor of Boston must be a vocal advocate for Planned Parenthood patients and reproductive health, rights, and freedom in the city and beyond,” Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts wrote.
Wu, on her website, also boasts of her work to promote “legislation securing inclusive health care access for all City employees, prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity,” another controversial policy pushed by liberal states.
That legislation will allow city employees who identify as transgender to get full coverage for the costs of therapy and gender reassignment surgery under the city’s healthcare plan.