34 US Soldiers Diagnosed With Brain Injuries After Iran Attack

After President Trump said they had ‘headaches,’ 34 soldiers have been diagnosed with brain injuries from Iran attack

On Friday, January 24, 2020, the Defense Department confirmed that 34 U.S. troops that were stationed at the Al Asad Air Base in Iraq have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries after being attacked during the Iranian airstrike on January 8, 2020. To add insult to injury, Trump referred to their injuries as “headaches” and claimed that it wasn’t that serious.

After Trump ordered a drone strike at the beginning of the year that killed Iran’s most powerful military commander, Qasem Soleiman, Iran retaliated with an attack on U.S. troops stationed at the air base. Troops reportedly hid inside their bunkers as missiles rained down on the base for two hours.

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At first, the Trump administration claimed that there were no injuries after the attack, then earlier this week when many of the soldiers began to complain of concussion-like symptoms and the Pentagon said that they were being examined for potential brain injuries, Trump brushed it off and referred to their symptoms as “headaches.”

“I heard they had headaches,” Trump said at a news conference in Davos, Switzerland this week. “No, I don’t consider them very serious injuries, relative to other injuries that I’ve seen.”

Despite the president’s comments, The New York Times reports that 34 soldiers have now officially been diagnosed with brain injuries and the Defense Department added that some of the affected soldiers were just feet away from where the Iranian missiles struck. A Pentagon spokesman added that only eight injured soldiers have returned home after being treated at a hospital in Germany, while the rest remain in hospitals overseas.

Many are now calling on the president to apologize to the injured troops.

“It’s plain wrong for President Trump to diminish their wounds,” Senator Jack Reed, Democrat of Rhode Island and former officer in the 82nd Airborne Division, said in a statement to The Times. “He may not have meant to disrespect them, but President Trump’s comments were an insult to our troops. He owes them an apology.”

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I had no idea when I was reporting this story from Baghdad how potentially deadly it could have been for US, coalition forces and the civilian contractors on the base. It was only when we got to the al-Asad airbase and saw the aftermath of Iran’s missile strikes and heard the stories did we begin to understand. We were the first journalists to tour the base and hear the stories of the close calls, the scramble to prepare for an attack the likes of which the US has not seen in decades. American forces are not used to being on the receiving end of missiles like these, they are usually the ones delivering them. Even those who we spoke to who had seen combat before said this was an experience like no other. They know firefights, roadside bombs, suicide bombers, ground assaults. What they didn’t know what that sense of helplessness, of being at the mercy of the enemy. Our report with @brice_laine and @tamaraqiblawi #iraq #ballisticmissile #iranstrikes #USmilitary #alasadairbase #ontheroad #foreigncorrespondent

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Since the news of the brain injuries were made public earlier today, Trump has tweeted about the March For Life and told his followers to tune into Sean Hannity on Fox News, though it does not appear that he has publicly apologized to the troops or acknowledged their diagnoses, online or elsewhere.

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Annabella Sciorra Testifies In Court That Harvey Weinstein Raped Her

Annabella Sciorra shares chilling details of the night she says Harvey Weinstein raped her

Today, actress Annabella Sciorra gave emotional testimony about the night she alleges Harvey Weinstein came into her apartment and raped her. The Sopranos star says he raped and sexually assaulted her in the winter of 1993-1994. She first spoke out about the attack over two years ago when several women were accusing the disgraced mogul of similar crimes.

According to CCN, during her testimony, Sciorra said that Weinstein entered her apartment and chased her before pinning her to the bed and raping her. She says she tried to run to the bathroom, but Weinstein “kept coming at me.” Sciorra told jurors, “I felt overpowered because he was very big.”

While the alleged attack on Sciorra is too long ago for Weinstein to be prosecuted due to the statute of limitations, her testimony is relevant to two other charges of predatory sexual assault. He can be convicted on those charges if prosectors can prove he assaulted multiple women.

Sciorra testified that after a dinner in Manhattan, Weinstein gave her a ride home. She was in a nightgown and getting ready for bed when she heard a knock — it was Weinstein and Sciorra says he then pushed his way into her apartment. She says he looked around to see if anyone was there besides her, unbuttoning his shirt and eventually dragging her into the bedroom. Sciorra testified that she fought him until he held her hands above her head and raped her, later ejaculating on her bed and nightgown. She says that afterward, he told her, “I have perfect timing.”

He also performed oral sex on her and Sciorra says her body “shut down” so she didn’t fight it. She says he told her, “This is for you.”

Sciorra never told police when it happened and says she didn’t tell anyone else at the time either. “I thought he was an okay guy. I felt confused,” Sciorra said. “I felt… like I wished I had never opened the door.”

Assistant District Attorney Meghan Hast told jurors that after the attack, Sciorra lost weight and began cutting herself and drinking. She testified that she would cut her fingers and hands, smearing the blood onto a wall she says she was painting “blood red.” She says she would smear the blood and then cover it with gold leaf. When questioned, she couldn’t explain why she did it.

Sciorra says she confronted Weinstein at a dinner weeks after the alleged attack and that his demeanor was “very menacing.” She says he told her, “That’s what all the nice Catholic girls say,” and then leaned in saying, “this remains between you and I.” Sciorra called the conversation “threatening” and says she was afraid.

Less than a year after the alleged attack, Hast says Weinstein found Sciorra in London while she was there filming a movie. He allegedly sent messages and cars for her, but she wouldn’t respond, so he showed up to her room where he became angry that she wouldn’t open the door. Sciorra even asked a producer to move her to another hotel because she was afraid of Weinstein.

Years later, they had one last encounter when Sciorra discovered Weinstein was staying in the hotel room next door to hers at the Cannes Film Festival. She alleges that she opened the door one morning to find him standing in front of her in his underwear holding a bottle of baby oil and a video tape. She says she ran for the phone on her room, hitting the call buttons, summoning hotel employees to her aid. Weinstein eventually left.

Weinstein’s lawyers are pointing out that Sciorra never called 911 or tried to find the doorman at her apartment the night of the attack. They’re even pressing her for the exact day, though we know from Christine Blasey Ford’s powerful testimony against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh that survivors of sexual assault often remember every detail of what happened to them even if they can’t recall a specific date — or even specific year.

Sciorra is one of six women expected to share testimony of Weinstein attacking them.

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Katie Sowers Will Be The First Female And Openly Gay Coach In Super Bowl History

Katie Sowers has been with the 49ers since 2017

San Francisco 49ers’ offensive assistant coach Katie Sowers is about to make history. On Super Bowl Sunday, she’ll become both the first woman and the first openly gay coach to be in the Super Bowl.

When the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Green Bay Packers 37-20 to win the NFC Championship Game this weekend, it also thrust Sowers into the spotlight. She’s been in the NFL since 2016 when she became a coach for the Atlanta Falcons training camp and joined the 49ers in 2017. The 49ers will take on the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl on February 2.

Sowers began her American football career playing in the Women’s Football Alliance and has loved the game since she was a child. She and twin sister Liz played as much as possible and Sowers was a gifted athlete, playing basketball in college on a scholarship, according to the Guardian. She then gained attention for her knowledge of the game and was thrilled to come on as a coach.

When the team hits Miami, Sowers will be part of the team trying to win their first title for the 49ers since 1994. “Takin our talents to south beach,” Sowers posted on Instagram Sunday night after their win.

Sowers is an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and helped inspire the 49ers when they started a Pride fan club in 2018. Sowers frequently talks about her girlfriend on Instagram on social media, sharing adorable pics of the two.

Sowers has paved the way for other female coaches, and now, there are currently eight female coaches in the NFL. At this year’s Women’s Careers in Football Forum, Tampa head coach Bruce Arians said he was going to hire a full-time female coach, saying he was hoping to diversify his staff. He then hired coach Lo Locust as an assistant defensive-line coach and Maral Javadifar as a strength and conditioning coach.

“They’re good fits for what we need,” Arians told reporters. “The fact that their gender’s different – who gives a shit.”

With all eyes on the big game in February, Sowers will now have her incredible skills on display for the entire world to see.

“She’s been tremendous,” 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has said of Sowers. “Just what she does with the receivers and all of the skill-position guys, the way she interacts with them, it’s special. She’s feisty, man. Katie is awesome out there. She’ll get after guys, and it’s fun to be around.”

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Biology Test Question Asks High School Freshmen To Solve A Rape

A high school near Houston placed an imaginary rape scenario question on a 9th grade test

A biology teacher at a high school near Houston, Texas gave out a take-home test on a recent DNA lesson that asked their 9th grade students to figure out what suspect “raped Suzy.” The horrific test question went viral when a mom sent a photo of the test to local news outlet, KPRC 2 Houston.

The test question was issued on a Biology assignment about DNA at Klein Collins High School in Spring, Texas, and asked students to match DNA samples among suspected rapists.

The question read:

“Suzy was assaulted in an alley and is a victim of rape. The police collected a sample of sperm that was left at the crime scene and now have three suspects in custody. Which of the suspects raped Suzy?”

The test was supposedly written by the biology teacher and 90 students were exposed to the question, though the school district claims that the copy was not approved by the school or the district.

“The assignment is not part of the District’s approved curriculum and is by no means representative of the District’s instructional philosophy. The District has investigated the source of the materials and appropriate corrective action has been taken.”

“It’s upsetting and I know girls this age, just the thought…they know that rape is forced non-consensual sex and that upsets them,” said a mom of a 10th grade girl at the school, who teared up while adding, “That’s why I can’t fathom a teacher putting that on a test.” Another parent wondered why the school doesn’t approve test questions beforehand and how a teacher was able to go rogue like this.

Writer Emily Alford summed up the horror of this situation so well in her piece for Jezebel, writing that “apart from its inappropriateness, is that it reflects ideas about rape that high schools and colleges still cling to despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary: that rape is something only ‘felons’ do, while ignoring the fact that a student given the question on an assignment might currently be attending classes with their rapist.”

How insensitive for a school to liken a rape case to a classic “apples and oranges” text question, as if the sexual violation of a young person is totally banal fodder fit for fluffy test copy. Combine this with the fact that sexual assault charges are largely dismissed on campus and this so-called assignment becomes even more grotesque.

The school district did not state what kind of disciplinary actions the teacher would face.

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Meghan Markle Makes First Public Appearance Since Stepping Down From Royal Duties

Meghan Markle makes first public appearance since stepping down from royal duties

When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced that they were taking a step back from the royal family and would pursue financial independence, many wondered what that would look like. It turns out that Meghan isn’t straying far from her previous charitble works as a Duchess and is making good on her promise to focus on women’s empowerment in her new “progressive” post-royal role. Meghan’s first public appearance since the big announcement was at a Women’s Center in Vancouver, and she looked super comfortable and at-ease.

“Look who we had tea with today!” the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre in Vancouver wrote on its Facebook page. “The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, visited us today to discuss issues affecting women in the community.”

It’s notable how casual Meghan appears here, not her typical “royal uniform” of pressed collars and midi-length skirts. Many commenters noticed this too, pointing out how “down to Earth” she seems now. If this is a taste of Meghan’s new life post-royal family, it suits her.


When Meghan and Harry announced that they were transitioning out of the royal family, they stated that they would split time between North America and the U.K. and Meghan’s official appearance in Vancouver seems to confirm that Canada, and not Los Angeles or other rumored locations, is where the young family plans to live. Right now, it’s unclear when or if Meghan will return to the U.K. as she reportedly had nothing to do with the pow-wow between Harry, Prince Willian, and their grandmother earlier this week.

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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA

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The latest update on the royal exodus is that the Queen has finally given them her blessing, though in a statement said that “although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.”

Despite the fact that Meghan seems to be doing her thing in Canada, the Queen added that there will be a “period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK” and that there is still “some more work to be done” and “final decisions” should be reached this week.

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There Were 45 Non-Suicide Gun Deaths On New Year’s Day Alone

The Gun Violence Archive reports that guns killed 177 people on New Year’s Day in the U.S.

The new year should be a time for new beginnings and clean starts, but unfortunately for Americans, it’s a grim reminder that our nation’s gun violence epidemic followed us into the new decade. According to data compiled in real-time by the Gun Violence Archive, 177 people died as a result of gun violence on New Year’s Day.

Of the 177 people who lost their life yesterday, 132 were suicides and 45 were classified as non-suicide deaths. There were an additional 103 gun violence injuries reported as well. This all happened in one day.

There were also three mass shootings on New Year’s Day. Newsweek reports that a mass shooting in St. Louis, Missouri just after midnight left three dead and one injured. In Huntington, West Virginia, a gunman opened fire at Kulture Hookah Bar, and thankfully nobody died but seven were injured. Another shooting at Cleveland’s Club Medusa on New Year’s Eve left four injured. And those were just the casualties that happened in 2020, USA Today reports at least two other mass shootings at bars on New Year’s Eve before the clock struck midnight.

Despite warnings from police to refrain from shooting guns on New Year’s Eve to “celebrate the New Year,” 2020 also brought with it tragic stories of accidental gun deaths, like 61-year-old Philippa Ashford from Texas who was watching fireworks on New Year’s Eve when a stray bullet from “celebratory gunfire” somewhere else in the neighborhood struck and killed her. A 31-year-old Ohio woman also died this year when her boyfriend shot her while firing off rounds to ring in the new year.

Shannon Watts — founder of Mom’s Demand, a gun reform advocacy group — shared the statistics online and the Twitter responses were illuminating, especially the ones from people who don’t live in America.

According to 2017 FBI data (via the BBC), gun-related homicides made up 73% of all killings in the U.S., compared to Australia’s 13% and England’s 3%.

As America becomes desensitized to statistics like these, various advocacy groups want to do something about gun reform. Everytown plans to end gun violence by attacking the issue from all sides, including advocating for better background checks, laws that would prevent domestic abusers from possessing firearms, and “Red Flag Laws” which would allow family members and police to ask a judge to temporarily block anyone they feel is a danger to themselves or others from purchasing a firearm.

We hope we don’t have to write a headline like this one next New Year’s Day.

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Daycare Owner Accused Of Hiding 26 Neglected Toddlers Behind False Wall

Police arrived to find 26 kids under age 3 with soiled and wet diapers

A Colorado woman is being accused of hiding 26 children, all under age three, behind a false wall at her home daycare. She was arrested for investigation of misdemeanor child abuse.

Carla Faith was arrested this week in Colorado Springs on two counts of reckless child abuse without injury and a single count of trying to influence a public servant. Three of her daycare center’s employees were also arrested — Katelynne Nelson, 31, Christina Swauger, 35, and Valerie Fresquez, 24.

In a statement, Lt. James Sokolik says the arrests were the culmination of a six-week investigation by the city police department’s Crimes Against Children Unit. The police department had received complaints that Faith’s daycare business was caring for more than the six kids her Play Mountain Place was authorized and licensed to care for. On November 13, officers went to the home and after hearing noise downstairs, found the false wall that was concealing 26 kids and two adults.

Earlier in the day, Faith lied to a human services worker saying there were no children at the facility. This, despite a mother reporting having brought her child there that day. Faith also lied to police telling them there was no basement in the home and that the kids weren’t even in the house — she said they were at the park. Police discovered the kids, many in soiled or wet diapers. In a press release, Colorado Springs Police Department says Faith “refused to cooperate.”

“When officers walked down the stairs, they located two adults and 26 kids inside a finished basement, all of whom were under the age of three years old,” the release states. “Officers immediately began working with DHS to release the children back to their parents.”

But that’s not all — Faith owns three other daycare centers in Colorado Springs, one licensed. Police are now investigating those facilities too. According to The Gazette, parents of 19 of the children have filed a lawsuit against Faith for negligence.

This is a working parent’s worst nightmare. Finding quality childcare can be an incredible challenge, and it’s a huge leap of faith trusting another person with your child. Faith violated the trust of dozens of families by mistreating their kids when she was supposed to be keeping them safe. It’s unforgivable.

The state Department of Human Services has suspended Faith’s license to operate daycare centers. She posted $3,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court again today.

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Greyhound Offers Free Tickets Home For Runaway Youth

The Home Free program helps around 400 kids each year

As the holidays wrap up and the new year begins, Greyhound Bus Lines is again reminding people of their service to help reunite runaway kids with their families or legal guardians.

The bus company has partnered with the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) since 1987 to offer Greyhound’s Home Free program which allows youth to get home to their families at no cost to them. The program helps around 400 kids and teens every year get a free ride home anywhere in the U.S.

“To be eligible for a Greyhound ticket home, the child has to call the NRS helpline, be between 12 and 21 years old, be named on a runaway report and be willing to be reunited with their family (and vice versa),” according to Greyhound. The same person can only use a ticket through this program on two occasions and it also provides a free ticket for the parent or legal guardian if the person is under the age of 15.

According to its website, the NRS offers “a crisis hotline and online services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to youth at risk of running away, those who have run away or are homeless, and their families.” Some of the services include crisis intervention, message relays, referrals, and advocacy programs. The NRS has responded to nearly 90,000 calls, through its 24-hour hotline, email, chat, and online forums and 85 percent who contact NRS are 18 years of age or younger; and nearly 70 percent are women.

The NRS reports between 1.6-2.8 million youth runaway each year in the United States. Children can begin running as young as age ten — the youngest are the most at-risk for life on the streets.

The stories behind why some kids chose to leave home are heartbreaking. Nearly half (47 percent) of runaway youth report conflict between them and a parent/guardian in the home, over 50 percent of youth in shelters or on the streets reported that their parents told them to leave or knew they were leaving but did not care, 80 percent of runaway and homeless girls reported having been sexually or physically abused, and 43 percent of runaway youth (girls and boys) reported physical abuse before leaving home. Others come from loving homes that desperately wish their child would return.

Life on the street for these kids is rarely safe. Over 70 percent of runaway youth have been considered to be endangered and 14 percent of youth on the street have traded sex for money, food, shelter, or drugs; one-third have attempted suicide at some point in their lives.

To find out more about National Runaway Safeline, people can visit www.1800runaway.org and if you or someone you know has run away and wants to come home, call toll-free 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929) to find out more about eligibility.

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Greta Thunberg Says Talking Climate Change With Trump Would Be ‘Wasted Time’

The 16-year-old climate activist knows Trump isn’t listening to science

In a new interview, Greta Thunberg is laying the truth bare about Trump and his action (or lack thereof, more accurately) when it comes to climate change: talking to him about it is pointless, so why even bother?

Talking to the one and only Sir David Attenborough for BBC Radio 4’s Today show, Thunberg was asked what she would have said if she had the chance to talk to Trump during the climate summit earlier this year. She replied with 100% honesty and accuracy. “Honestly, I don’t think I would have said anything because obviously he’s not listening to scientists and experts, so why would he listen to me?” she said. “So I probably wouldn’t have said anything, I wouldn’t have wasted my time.”

Speaking at the Climate Action Summit in New York today, Greta Thunberg gave a passionate speech that cut right to the point of the climate crisis. “This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here,” she began before quickly turning emotional. “I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words and yet, I am one of the lucky ones. People are suffering.”

She’s opened the eyes of people around the world with her activism, and she was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year earlier this month. She was even nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. But she’s also been endlessly mocked by the President of the United States — a grown man in his seventies — because he has achieved none of those things. He doesn’t take her seriously, he pretends global warming doesn’t exist, and he bullies her cruelly any chance he gets.

So why would she talk to him if given the chance? He’s beneath her. Luckily she’s excellent at handling herself against his immature tirades.

He responded to Time magazine honoring Thunberg as Person of the Year by tweeting. Naturally.

“So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!”

Again, she jabbed back by changing her Twitter bio to: “A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend.”

During the new interview, she proves she’s got her priorities more in order than the leader of the free world (and most adults in general) by addressing the attacks against her online in the most perfect way.

“Those attacks are just funny because they obviously don’t mean anything,” she says. “I guess of course it means something — they are terrified of young people bringing change which they don’t want — but that is just proof that we are actually doing something and that they see us as some kind of threat.”

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Government Employees Will Get Paid Parental Leave In 2020

The Federal Employee Paid Leave Act, going into effect October 2020, will give over two million government employees up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave

While many companies offer their employees paid maternal or paternal leave after welcoming a child, they are not legally required to. In fact, the only law that allows an employee to take up to 12 weeks off to take care of a baby is the Family and Medical Leave Act. However, the unpaid leave isn’t even available to all workers — and many simply can’t afford to take three months off without pay anyway. Thankfully, a landmark bill was signed into law last week by President Trump, giving government workers up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave.

As part of the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act, going into effect October 2020, around 2.3 million Americans — who previously had to use paid time off or unpaid leave — will be afforded paid parental leave for up to three months. This applies to federal employees who are considered “new parents” — regardless of gender — via birth, adoption, or fostering a child. In order to qualify, government workers have to establish a year of employment and also must return to work for a minimum of 12 weeks (or equal to the time they took off during their leave) after returning from leave.

The law was part of a wide-ranging legislative spending package, which included upping the minimum smoking age to 21 years old.

The Family Medical Leave Act of 1993, which only applies to firms with over 50 employees and allows up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave, is the last time the federal government addressed the need of parental leave. While many advocates believe this new law is monumental, they point out we still have a long way to go before we catch up to other countries. For example, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, pointed out during a congressional hearing that there is just ONE other country in the world who doesn’t have any kind of mandatory paid leave — Papua New Guinea.

“The U.S. is dead last in the world in terms of not providing any sort of paid leave,” Wendy Chun-Hoon, co-director of Family Values @ Work, a group that advocates for paid family leave, told CNBC News.

Added Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., a senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, “The victory lap is somewhat circumscribed because there’s still more work to do.”

There are so many reasons why paid parental leave needs to be the law — for everyone — not just government employees. In 2016, then-president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Benard Dryer, thoroughly explained why it is crucial for the entire family. In fact, he recommended that new parents be allotted up to 24 weeks to bond with their babies.

“In the first year or two of life, 700 new synapses are forming every second in the child’s brain,” he explained to NPR. “As a developmental and behavioral pediatrician I know firsthand that the first six to nine months of life is a critical bonding time for the parents and the child, and bonding is the basis of the parent responding to the child’s needs.”

Additionally, increasing family leave can have serious health benefits for both mom and baby. “There’s very strong evidence that family leave decreases maternal depression,” he said. “This is key, because maternal depression prevents mother-infant bonding and has negative effects on a child’s cognitive, social and emotional development.”

It could also encourage more mons to breastfeed — which can have serious benefits and save new parents a lot of money, he explained. “It strengthens the baby’s immune system. It also decreases the risk of many health problems such as acute diarrhea, respiratory illness, asthma, sudden infant death syndrome and obesity.”

But, because of our super behind-the-times policies, many parents can’t afford to take any time off.

“Without paid and job-protected family leave, most parents — especially low-income, working parents — will not take time off, ” Dr. Dreyer continued. “They just can’t afford it. But I don’t think we, as a society, can afford to not have them nurture their child during this critical period.”

Hopefully 2020 will welcome major changes in the realm of parental leave, and this is just the first step in the right direction.

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