Or do like we have hear, where leave is paid for out of a fund that all taxpayers contribute to, so nobody is penalized for taking it, and the employer doesn't pay it.
After all, people don't have to have babies.
Countries on the other hand need a fresh supply of people - i.e. babies.
But that whole discussion above (as dictated by the OP who borderline blames women for getting knocked up) ignores the real issue with the whole baby producing thing.
That it is not something that can be permanently delayed or even planned 100% (and let's not even go into twins and triplets issues... or possible health issues), requiring from a woman to be absent from work during her most productive years - and to suffer from a reintegration gap once back at work.
And higher up the ladder the job goes, the more it shows. Particularly at promotion time.
Go away for half a year, return to find that your colleague with whom you shared a desk is now your boss.
Or that he simply has half a year of experience more, while you feel like a new recruit.
Or that you no longer know anyone in your division as everyone moved on, or up - or that the whole division got restructured while you were away.
On top of that, prolonged absences from "the grind", particularly coupled with significant changes in life, can and DO change the way one looks at their old workplace.
I got drafted two years into my first job, went away for 9 months.
But even though my employer even pulled some strings to get me out on one occasion for couple of days cause they needed someone to do the job... I still returned to a company staffed with many different faces and a new boss.
None of which was an issue - we used to have seasonal hirings so you get used to company blowing up then shrinking down, people coming and going, and my new boss was my old division boss who took over for our old boss... who incidentally just had a baby, and after her maternity leave went off to another company.
But you do get a different perspective... and you start noticing complaints other people make about things you took for granted. And so you start looking around. Or you get an offer.
And so you jump ship and start over elsewhere.
As a single, young, unattached male, switching to another company and a similar job was simple.
Sacrificed my vacation time in the process though.
Which was NOT fun after previously losing vacation time on account of being drafted, coming back to work, changing jobs and then working for another year to accumulate vacation time again...
Still... no biggie.
But had I had a baby at home... and maybe no one to take care of it while I worked...
There ARE elements of the whole "baby issue" and its effect on the career path of a woman that can't just be covered by monetary compensation (but it DOES help - a lot), NOR can the men experience all those effects even with paternity leave and shared responsibilities.
But even so - it is still the best strategy NOT to have babies, for both men and women.
Which is a form of discrimination of its own - against those who have to work for a living.