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maternityThe rights of babies

3rd December 2009 In her discussion of maternity rights, Catherine Hakim (December) throws the baby out with the bathwater, an unfortunate short-sightedness given that maternity rights exist not just for the sake of mothers, but for children. The psychological health of both an infant and a mother —and by extension the health of our society—depends on maternity rights. As the think tank Rand recently reported, the highest return on investment occurs in the first years of life, and then falls almost exponentially as the child grows.

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