Cosmopolitan — a magazine that targets women — wants to know why Donald Trump’s maternity leave plan doesn’t include gay men.
After the Republican nominee outlined his child care plan this week — which includes six weeks of paid leave, tax deductions for child care and rebates for low-income earners — Prachi Gupta peppered Ivanka Trump with questions about why the maternity policy didn’t include gay men who adopt. (RELATED: Ivanka Trump Criticizes Hillary Clinton For Lack Of Action On Paid Family Leave)
“This is a giant leap from where we are today, which is sadly, nothing,” Ivanka said during the interview. “Both sides of the aisle have been unable to agree on this issue, so I think this takes huge advancement and obviously, for same-sex couples as well, there’s tremendous benefit here to enabling the mother to recover after childbirth. It’s critical for the health of the mother. It’s critical for bonding with the child, and that was a top focus of this plan.”
“OK, so when it comes to same-sex—” Gupta asked. (RELATED: Ivanka Trump Returns Home ‘Happy, But Exhausted’ Days After Giving Birth)
“So it’s meant to benefit, whether it’s in same-sex marriages as well, to benefit the mother who has given birth to the child if they have legal married status under the tax code,” Ivanka said.
“Well, what about gay couples, where both partners are men?” Gupta then asked.
“The policy is fleshed out online, so you can go see all the elements of it,” Ivanka responded. “But the original intention of the plan is to help mothers in recovery in the immediate aftermath of childbirth.”
Then Gupta broke in again.
“So I just want to be clear that, for same-sex adoption, where the two parents are both men, they would not be receiving special leave for that because they don’t need to recover or anything?” Gupta said.
“Well, those are your words, not mine,” Ivanka said. “Those are your words. The plan, right now, is focusing on mothers, whether they be in same-sex marriages or not.”
“I think that you have a lot of negativity in these questions, and I think my father has put forth a very comprehensive and really revolutionary plan to deal with a lot of issues,” Ivanka continued. “So I don’t know how useful it is to spend too much time with you on this if you’re going to make a comment like that.”
“My father obviously has a track record of decades of employing women at every level of his company, and supporting women, and supporting them in their professional capacity, and enabling them to thrive outside of the office and within.”
“To imply otherwise is an unfair characterization of his track record and his support of professional women. So the policies at our company reflect that, and the diversity of our workforce, from a gender perspective, and in all perspectives, reflects that. So my father has been a great advocate for the women in the workforce, and that’s part of why he recognized that reform is so necessary.”
Maternity leave was created to allow women time off to recover from delivery, establish breastfeeding, and bond with their babies. (RELATED: What Ivanka Trump Told The Republican National Convention About Her Father)