Or at least, it shouldn't be made harder.
For many women in the UK, the decision is an impossible one. The legal requirement is that company's offer only 6 weeks of fully paid leave.
After this point, they can claim statutory - which is £151.97 per week. This is a quarter of a living wage. The assumption underlying it is that women have partners, and those partners are the majority contributors to their household income.
Fixing this policy is a frontier in the fight for gender equality.