Together with Utah and Idaho on board, breastfeeding in public is now legal in all 50 states across the U.S.
Girls are always criticised and shamed for breastfeeding in public — but they can now officially say it is completely legal across the United States.
For decades, there were just two states — Utah and Idaho — that did not have legislation in place to shield nursing moms who need to breastfeed in public.
However, with a new law, the two states are now on board.
The bill passed Utah with some immunity — the legislation initially stated that”A woman may breastfeed in any place of public accommodation… irrespective of whether the woman’s breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breastfeeding,” in accord with the remainder of the country.
However, according to the Salt Lake Tribune, Republican Representative Curt Webb believed the wording would lead to immodesty.
“I’m not comfortable with that; I’m just not. It’s really in your face.”
Together with the next portion of the bill eliminated — it now only reads that girls are allowed”to breastfeed in any place of public accommodation,” it passed through the state legislature with a vote of 66-5.
Idaho’s vote has been smoother, with a majority of 66-0 approving laws that protect breastfeeding mothers from indecent exposure and obscenity legislation, as stated by the Idaho Statesman.
However, the bill does not mean it is evident, as other states have done, that girls have the right to breastfeed in public.
But, problems with the wording notwithstanding, with these two pieces of legislation it is officially authorised to breastfeed in public in all 50 states. The United States is now up to pace with all the U.K., Australia and other countries throughout the globe that protects nursing moms.
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