45 states that allow public breastfeeding, but not Michigan - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

There are 45 states that allow public breastfeeding and Mich. is not one of them

Posted: Updated:
LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) - Breastfeeding moms were at the state capitol this week and none too happy about legislation that has been in a house committee for about five months after breezing through the state senate last year.

There are 45 states that allow public breast-feeding and Michigan is not one of them.  This pending bill would change that.

Shannon Polk who runs the Michigan Breast-Feeding Network was wondering out loud if the House Judiciary chair, a man, was deliberately sitting on the bill?

“Women have a right to breast feed in public,” she asserts while adding, “We don’t ask anyone else to eat in a bathroom or eat under a blanket,” so why should moms be told to do just that? she wonders.

There have been reports that nursing mom’s have been asked to leave businesses and Ms. Polk and company think that is wrong.

Frankly, so does Committee chair Rep. Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant) who has placed the bill on hold; not because he opposes it.  On the contrary, “I have interest in it…I want to preserve the ability to  breast feed (but) I want to get it right.”

What’s to get right?

Attorney Cotter wants to avoid writing a bill that will result in unintended legal consequences.  For example, a nursing mom is breast feeding in a restaurant but another patrol complains to the manager.  What to do?  If the manager asks the mother to stop, the restaurant could be sued.  But if the other patron is told to just live with it, that could spawn a legal suit.

“What are the teeth in this bill?” he wants to know and how can you write it to avoid that lose-lose situation for everyone including the business that could end-up in court regardless of what it does?

Ms. Polk was so concerned about all this that she made sure at least two of the women at her lobby day where from Mr. Cotter’s district and they were prepared to tell him they vote.

Message sent.

Message received. “I’m not trying to block the bill,” Mr. Cotter explains but there’s no indication on when and if the legal ramifications will be ironed out.

In the meantime, breast-feeding moms in public around here are on their own.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • PoliticalMore>>

  • House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

    House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:31:32 GMT
    This week offers Congress its best chance to get answers about President Barack Obama's new Mideast counterterror strategy.
    Lawmakers raced Monday to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President...
  • White House backs use of body cameras by police

    White House backs use of body cameras by police

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:01 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:01:20 GMT
    The White House says requiring police officers to wear body cameras is one potential solution to the mistrust between police and their communities that fueled unrest last month in Ferguson, Missouri.
    Requiring police officers to wear body cameras is one potential solution for bridging deep mistrust between law enforcement and the public, the White House said, weighing in on a national debate sparked by the shooting of...
  • First U.S. airstrike in expanded Iraq fight

    First U.S. airstrike in expanded Iraq fight

    Monday, September 15 2014 9:31 PM EDT2014-09-16 01:31:49 GMT
    U.S. officials say the United States took the first step in the planned expanded fight against Islamic State militants Monday, going to the aid of Iraqi security forces south of Baghdad who were being attacked by...
    U.S. officials said Monday the United States has taken the first step in its planned expanded fight against Islamic State militants, going to the aid of Iraqi security forces near Baghdad who were being attacked by enemy...
Powered by WorldNow
Untitled

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices