Should Dads Get 3 Months Off After Baby's Birth? Sweden Says Yes
The Swedish government is set to give working fathers three months of paid paternity leave.
Lawmakers in the country's Left Party want fathers and mothers to take the same amount of time off with their new babies, as the country aims to boost gender equality. The proposal is believed to have a high probability of passing in Parliament.
Michael Fiorillo and Thomas Kersting appeared on "Fox and Friends" to debate if this is a good idea and if the U.S. should do the same thing.
Fiorillo said he thinks it's a great idea, citing studies that show that an intense relationship between parents and a newborn child has many positive effects.
"For me, I have my own business being a surgeon. I couldn't really take off and I couldn't even help too much, because I had to be fresh the next day," Fiorillo explained. "So, I think it would be phenomenal to be able to have that time."
Kersting disagreed, arguing that "big mother government" legislating parenting is a bad idea. He asserted that it's people's responsibility as adults to plan for being new parents.
Steve Doocy pointed out that the Swedish government will be paying for this extended paternity leave, which raises the issue of where the money would come from if a similar program were instituted in the U.S.
"It's a great thought, but at the same time, you couldn't practically do it," Doocy said.
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