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Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) introduced legislation on Tuesday that would require employers to give workers at least three days of paid time off after a pregnancy loss, failed adoption or surrogacy, unsuccessful fertility procedure, or related medical concern.

Why it matters: Between 10% and 20% of pregnancies confirmed by testing result in a miscarriage by 13 weeks, according to Kaiser Family Foundation. Estimates jump to 31–50% when accounting for people who miscarry without knowing they are pregnant.

  • The U.S. currently has no federal paid leave program.
  • Those who are eligible for the Family and Medical Leave Act can only use up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a newborn, newly adopted child, family member or oneself if they have a serious health condition.

What she's saying: Duckworth said she suffered a miscarriage in the thick of her 2016 Senate campaign. "I found out in the morning ... and had to go back to work in the afternoon, and I really needed time to process," Duckworth, who was the first U.S. senator to give birth while in office, told CBS News.

  • "Immediately I thought, did I do something wrong? Did I not give myself the progesterone shots at the right time? Is it my fault that I've had this miscarriage?" Duckworth said, recalling her experience with in vitro fertilization. 
  • "It's so deeply personal, that journey to parenthood for families, and to have to go back to work that same day and not be able to grieve. ... Or sometimes you need to pull your resources together and figure out what you're going to do next and not have that time — to me it seems like this is something that's an oversight when it comes to family leave policies."
"It's a lived experience and why diversity matters in Congress," she noted. "I think it takes women in office who have gone through this to really bring it to the forefront." 

Worth noting: The bill would also direct the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to offer additional support resources related to pregnancy loss, funneling $45 million annually to the National Institutes of Health for research.

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Biden mandates COVID vaccines for federal workers, with no option for testing

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President Biden on Thursday signed executive orders requiring most federal employees to get the COVID vaccine, without the option of getting regular testing instead.

Why it matters: The orders go further than the Biden administration's previously announced policy, which required federal workers to be vaccinated or follow other rigorous safety protocols, including regular testing.

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State Department orders evacuation of U.S. diplomats' families from Ukraine

From left, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Chargés d'Affaires in Ukraine Kristina Kvien during a meeting with Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal in Kyiv. Photo: Yevhen Liubimov/ Ukrinform/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

The State Department will begin evacuating families and non-essential staff from the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv this week, according to a travel advisory released Sunday evening.

Why it matters: The move underscores U.S. fears that a Russian invasion could destabilize Ukraine and threaten embassy's ability to assist Americans.