Miscarriage Leave Bill falls

Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley has expressed her disappointment after the Miscarriage Leave Bill fell.

Ms Crawley’s Private Members’ Bill was due its second reading today [Friday 24th March] but it wasn’t heard because there wasn’t enough time to debate all the bills on the order paper.

If introduced, the bill would have granted a statutory right to three days of paid leave for parents who experience miscarriage before 24 weeks of pregnancy.

As a result, parents are still forced to rely on sick leave or annual leave if they are to grieve their loss.

Countries such as Australia and New Zealand have introduced paid miscarriage leave and Northern Ireland is set to do so by 2026.

In Scotland, the Scottish Government has made progressive steps by introducing paid leave for public sector workers.

Commenting, Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley said:

“I’m disappointed that the Paid Miscarriage Leave Bill won’t continue through Parliament.

“Most employers want to support their staff through what can be a traumatic life event but many are simply unable to do so without state support.

“Today was an opportunity missed; one which could have seen the UK take a positive step towards ending the stigma associated with miscarriage.

“The Miscarriage Leave Bill has been supported by MPs from every party represented at Westminster as well as having huge public support with more than 40,000 people signing petitions calling for its implementation.

“I will continue to fight for parents who experience miscarriage by campaigning for the UK government to introduce a statutory right to paid miscarriage leave.”