I think this is the kind of evidence that supports my contention that much of "family values" is mostly a sham, using those so-called values as a cover for pushing low taxes. Everything they support--outlawing abortion, rather than providing increased services to young mothers, cutting social programs rather than focusing on creating jobs and a skilled workforce, and preaching about "family values," rather than giving children a good start on life, just happensto also cost nothing. When I lived in socialist Sweden, new mothers would get 6 months off with pay, which could be used to give both parents 3 months off, or the mom or dad 6 months off. Report says US lags on paid parental leave policy - The Boston Globe â€œDespite its enthusiasm about â€˜family values,â€™ the US is decades behind other countries in ensuring the well-being of working families,â€™â€™ said Janet Walsh, deputy director of the womenâ€™s rights division of Human Rights Watch. â€œBeing an outlier is nothing to be proud of in a case like this.â€™â€™ ... The report, â€œFailing its Families,â€™â€™ says at least 178 countries have national laws guaranteeing paid leave for new mothers, while the handful of exceptions include the United States, Swaziland, and Papua New Guinea. More than 50 nations, including most Western countries, also guarantee paid leave for new fathers.