Just two months after a similar story out of Connecticut made headlines, a woman in Mobile, Alabama named Jeanna Harris is considering legal action after she was forced to stop breastfeeding her child in a courtroom. She says she was nursing her 3-month-old baby while waiting for a proceeding in child support court when a court officer quickly approached her and told her to move to another area of the building. Harris said she protested but eventually got up and moved, left “embarrassed” and in tears. Horrible.
In their defense, court officials claim they were asked by other people in the courtroom to ask Harris to move, and they provided her with a different location to feed. But sorry, that’s just not good enough an explanation. Other people’s discomfort with breastfeeding is no excuse for blatantly disregarding the law.
Yup, according to Alabama Statute Section 22-1-13, a mother may breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be present. Therefore, there’s absolutely no acceptable reason Harris should’ve been shuttled out of the courtroom as if she was doing something illegal or inappropriate. Ironically, it appears that these court officials failed to uphold the law!
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