After posting a Facebook update suggesting that mothers should be “modest” while breast-feeding in public, Texas representative Debbie Riddle has gotten more than 1,000 responses. Most of them have been very negative.
Riddle opposes House Bill 1706, which would outlaw interfering with or restricting the right of a parent to breast-feed in public. If approved, the new bill would permit anyone who believes their breast-feeding rights have been violated to file a lawsuit and seek damages, The Texas Tribune reported.
Riddle wrote in her post that "a bill that would allow for lawsuits if one 'interfered' with a woman breastfeeding is really going a bit far." She said that she is "all in favor of breast feeding," and that it is "important for women to be modest while feeding their baby."
"Most of our laws and bills being considered for law would not be necessary if people would simply be considerate and thoughtful of others," Riddle wrote in the post. "Needless to say — I am not supporting this bill."
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Riddle’s colleague, Jessica Farrar, authored the legislation. She said Riddle's post "illustrates the problem" that she was attempting to address. "Lingerie commercials reveal more than women actually trying to do good for their children and their families," she said. "... Some people think that breastfeeding is somehow obscene."
Some examples of the Facebook comments the post received:
"There is nothing immodest about a nursing baby, no matter how much breast you see!"
"Please ban cleavage first."
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One woman went so far as to post a picture of herself breastfeeding.
Source: (The Texas Tribune)