Yes, and as long as necessary, as dictated by science.
If other first world countries can do it, so can America.
Remember, if you deny maternity leave, I'll be sure to let those kids know whose fault it was for taking their parents away from them.
Let's see how they'll feel when it's time for social security or nursing homes.
If it was me, I'd say, "Fück you, old geezer. You took my mom away from me. Go die in the streets."