Portland moms react to MLB paternity leave flap

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Portland moms react to MLB paternity leave flap

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by Keely Chalmers, KGW Staff

kgw.com

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 3 at 8:01 PM

PORTLAND -- Portland mom reacted Thursday to a New York radio hosts who blasted a baseball player who took a whopping three days paternity leave!

Mike Francesa spent 20 minutes on his radio show criticizing New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy for taking three days off after the birth of his first child.

By taking his allowed paternity leave the ballplayer missed the first two games of the season.

During his show Francesa said, among other things, moms don't need their husband's help in the first couple of days after birth.

KGW visited with a Providence St. Vincent’s new moms group to ask them what they thought.

Alexandra Weaver pretty much summed up what the group's feelings.

“That was just an asinine comment," Weaver said. "It’s very sexist and disappointing."

Another mother, Judy Clark, had even stronger feelings.

“I think it’s highly inappropriate: it’s impolite, it’s rude, it’s callous,”Clark said.

Clark is president of H R Answers in Tualatin.

She said federal law actually allows new mothers and fathers to share up to 12 weeks of paternity leave.

 

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