ACLU Proposes Maternity Leave For Pregnant Teens

7:13 PM, Nov 21, 2012   |    comments
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Las Cruces, NM -- A civil rights group is fighting to get pregnant teens in New Mexico more time off from school to be a parent.

The ACLU is pushing for 10 days of maternity leave for young moms and 14 additional days off a semester. Skeptics are concerned about the message this would send to teens about pregnancy. Others believe this might be a way for them to finish their education.

New Mexico has the second highest teen pregnancy rate in the country. In 2011 there were 168 pregnancies in girls ages 15-17 in Dona Ana County alone.

Advocates propose that any work a student misses because of parenthood will need to be made up in the same amount of time that was taken off.

The ACLU is hoping to include the law in January's legislative session. The group says a study on teen pregnancy contributed to the push for the proposal.

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