—and the parental benefits program after the child is born. That costs six times more than the preventive withdrawal regime.
It's also a societal choice. Are we willing to run the risk of pregnant women or their children becoming sick? Working conditions can have a major impact on the fetus. We have a choice to make. We can decide that it's not that serious and let people will deal with it.
Who pays the price if Canada doesn't have an equivalent program? Women do. They have to stop working at 8, 12, or 15 weeks before their expected delivery date, depending on where things stand with the bill or before the bill. Women are the ones who have to bear the costs.