U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth becomes first sitting U.S. Senator to give birth while still in office

A little bit of Senate history was made this week.

On Monday, Senator Tammy Duckworth became the first U.S. Senator to give birth while still in office.

The New Addition

Ms. Duckworth is a Democrat senator from Illinois.

The new arrival, Maile Pearl, is a welcome addition to the family.

The Senator was also very thankful to the support she received from everyone, as it would appear she had some challenges along the way.

She stated, “We’re also so grateful for the love and support of our friends, family, as well as our wonderful medical teams for everything they’ve done to help us in our decades-long journey to complete our family.”

History Maker

This was actually the second time Duckworth has been part of history while holding office.

Back in 2014, while serving in Congress, she became part of a very exclusive club of Representatives that have given birth while holding a seat.

Time to Recover

Delivering a baby at the age of 50 obviously presents some challenges.

After such a trying ordeal, Senator Duckworth is going to get some much-needed time off.

A spokesman for the Senator stated, “She’s going to be taking much of the 12 weeks to spend time bonding with her new daughter and spending time with her family.”

Challenges

As Duckworth hinted in her Twitter statement, she faced some considerable challenges getting pregnant.

In addition to going through several I.V.F. cycles, she had a miscarriage back in 2016.

Using her pregnancy as a platform, the Senator has unsuccessfully tried to introduce family-friendly legislation to lessen the burden on new families.

While trying to push this legislation to a vote, Senator Duckworth stated, “Parenthood isn’t just a woman’s issue, it’s an economic issue and one that affects all parents.”

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Not to take a shot at the Senator’s cause, but if you cannot afford to have children, the solution is rather simple… don’t have them.

Taxpayers that do not have children or that do and fully support their families should not be burdened with more taxes to support someone else’s family.

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