Miscarriage Leave Bill returns to Westminster

Westminster will be given a second chance to support calls for paid miscarriage leave to be added to the statute book.

Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley was successful in her application for a 10-minute Rule Bill which will see the Miscarriage Leave Bill reintroduced to parliament.

If successful, the bill would introduce statutory paid leave for parents who experience miscarriage before 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Currently, only parents who experience stillbirth after 24 weeks of pregnancy are entitled to statutory paid leave in the UK.

On Wednesday 6th July, Angela Crawley MP will be given 10 minutes to present the bill for its first reading in the House of Commons.

MPs will then be asked to support the bill and allow it to pass the first hurdle on its passage through Westminster.

Commenting, Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley said:

“Every parent deserves the right to grieve following a miscarriage. No one should have to rely on the goodwill of their employer or be forced to take sick leave or annual leave in order to grieve.

“More than 41,000 people backed the Paid Miscarriage Leave petition calling on the UK Government to close this gap in support for parents.

“Next month, they will be given a second chance to back the bill, to finally end the stigma associated with miscarriage and to close the gap in support for parents who experience pregnancy loss.”