2043Re: New Wisconsin breastfeeding legislation
- Feb 18, 2010I believe you are correct from what it looks like, Jake. I was under the impression that "may not interfere" was still in the final wording of the bill, but it looks like the final wording is more like this:
253.16 Right to breast-feed. A mother may breast-feed her child in any
public or private location where the mother and child are otherwise
authorized to be. In such a location, no person may prohibit a mother
from breast-feeding her child, direct a mother to move to another location to breast-feed her child, direct a mother to cover her child or breast while breast-feeding, or otherwise restrict a mother from breast-feeding."
Perhaps I should email Rep. Pasch's office and ask? This is still pretty strong language, correct?
--- In email@example.com, Jake Marcus <jake.a.marcus@...> wrote:
> Hi all-
> From what I can tell, the final version is actually this:
> http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/lc_amdt/ab057.pdf . Laurel, that link
> is the bill *prior* to some significant amendments (and very different from
> a different bill I saw last year). The WI legislative website is confusing
> so it is hard to tell that the hotlink for the bill is the bill *as
> introduced* and not the bill *as passed*.
> Jake Marcus
> On Tue, Feb 16, 2010 at 9:39 PM, Laurel <breathe@...> wrote:
> > The Wisconsin public breastfeeding bill just passed the final stage and is
> > on the way to the Governor's desk who says he plans to sign it. The wording
> > includes "may not interfere" in the bill!
> > Wording of the bill:
> > http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/AB-57.pdf
> > Press Release from the co-sponsor of the bill:
> > Rep. Pasch Applauds Senate Passage of Breastfeeding Legislation
> > Legislation will protect breastfeeding mothers from intimidation and
> > harassment, facilitate improved health of infants and mothers
> > MADISONRepresentative Sandy Pasch (D-Whitefish Bay) applauded the Senate
> > passage of Assembly Bill 57otherwise known at the Right to Breastfeed
> > Actwith broad support on Tuesday. Rep. Pasch introduced this legislation
> > which will allow a woman to breastfeed in any public or private place, where
> > she and her child are otherwise authorized to be, without interference.
> > "The reality that such a bill is necessary is unfortunate, but mothers
> > across the state continue to encounter harassment while breastfeeding their
> > children," said Rep. Pasch, the lead Assembly author of the bill. "Senator
> > Fred Risser has demonstrated tremendous leadership as the Senate author of
> > this legislation, and I thank the Senate for their support of this
> > legislation which protects breastfeeding mothers from intimidation and
> > harassment while helping facilitate improved health of infants and mothers
> > alike."
> > Healthy People 2010, a program coordinated through the U.S. Department of
> > Health and Human Services, has a goal of increasing the number of women who
> > breastfeed at birth to 75%, and at six months of age to 50%. Wisconsin has a
> > long way to go to reach those goalsjust 62% of Wisconsin mothers breastfeed
> > at birth, and only 22% continue for five to six months.
> > "Breastfeeding provides the most complete form of nutrition for infants and
> > has been shown to decrease rates of pre-menopausal breast cancer, ovarian
> > cancer, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis in mothers," noted Rep. Pasch, a
> > nurse for over 30 years. "The evidence behind the health benefits of
> > breastfeeding is overwhelming, so we must do all we can to encourage mothers
> > to engage in this behavior."
> > According to the Center for Urban Population Health, the number of infants
> > who die within their first year of life in Milwaukee is higher than the
> > city's number of homicides. Further, African American babies are at the same
> > risk of dying as babies born in Albania, Sri Lanka, and Thailand in some
> > parts of the city. The Wisconsin Partnership Program also notes that
> > Wisconsin's rank for African American infant mortality has fallen from among
> > the best in the country to third worst.
> > "It is well-documented that breastfeeding reduces infant mortality rates,
> > so I hope this legislation will help facilitate efforts to combat these
> > tragic and preventable deaths," said Rep. Pasch. "43 other states have
> > passed laws with language that specifically allows a woman to breastfeed in
> > any public or private location, and Wisconsin is now one step closer to
> > finally joining these ranks. We must not interfere with this natural act and
> > indeed, we must promote itfor the health of the child, the mother, and our
> > state."
> > Assembly Bill 57 has passed through both houses of the Legislature and now
> > heads to Governor Doyle's desk for his signature.
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