Even though nursing mothers in Georgia are legally allowed to nurse in public, mothers are still being harassed and publicly shamed and even arrested and cited for public indecency. Why? Because the law specifically still does not protect nursing mothers from public indecency charges, unlike the protection that many other states provide.
One mother, Nirvana Jennette, is leading the way to change legislation after she was publicly humiliated, threatened with arrest for “lewd behavior” by church leaders, and was kicked out of her church permanently. Not to mention she was compared to a stripper. Just for feeding her child.
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Georgia Nurse-In Details:
Monday, March 5th, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Click to add yourself to the event page on Facebook.
Atlanta Capitol Building
206 Washington Street SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30312
200 East 4th Street
Woodbine, Georgia 31569
Savannah City Hall
2 East Bay Street
Columbia County Justice Center
640 Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans, GA 30809-7603
105 MULBERY STREET
Warner Robins, GA
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In the News:
- March 4th: “Lactivists” plan nurse-in outside Evans courthouse – Columbia County News – Times
- Breastfeeding backlash starts movement – Action News Jax
- Local Woman Kicked Out of Church for Breastfeeding Baby – WSAV
- Breastfeeding in Church Is a Sin That Only Strippers Commit – The Stir
The mission of the Georgia Statewide Nurse-In:
To establish legislative change in the State of Georgia, so that breastfeeding is exempt from all claims of public indecency. The way public indecency legislation is currently written and left open to interpretation a mother could be arrested for indecent exposure. Currently Georgia state law allows a mother to nurse her child anywhere that mother and child have permission to be, but a law without enforcement protects no one. New legislation shall also provide for a civil protective action for anyone subjecting a nursing mother to harassment or discrimination in violation of the current breastfeeding state law as well as protecting the mother from all indecent exposure laws.
Why are nurse-ins a big deal?
For so many reasons. Even though it is protected by law in nearly every state in the United States, women are constantly being asked to cover up or remove themselves from public spaces, for simply nursing their children. Nurse-ins, peaceful gathering of like minded mothers, nurslings, and supporters, are staged and the media is alerted. By getting breastfeeding in the public eye and in the news, it helps show fellow mothers and all of the public that it is perfectly acceptable to nurse in public and that women are willing and ready to stand up for their rights and the rights of their children.
By helping take away the social stigma, those who want to breastfeed can do so without without fear social or legal repercussions. Mother’s who fear nursing in public may wean early, cost our country billions. $13 billion a year, in fact.
Breastfeeding has proven benefits that no other substitute can provide, yet it is now 2012 and we are still having issues with breastfeeding.
Despite the protection the law provides, women are being kicked out of restaurants, pools, church, courtrooms, government buildings, museums, off buses, even out of toddler gym class, being asked to move or stop what they are doing. They are even fired from their jobs. This is no joke.
What can you do to support the cause and nursing mothers?
- Sign the Change.org petition to Establish Better Protection for Breastfeeding Mothers. (Or you can do it on the widget on the side of my home page!)
- Join a breastfeeding support group
- Nurse in public without shame
- Post your own breastfeeding photos on Facebook at any time
- Attend the Georgia Statewide Nurse-in in person on Monday, March 5th, 2012 or online for the virtual nurse-in, by posting the Georgia Statewide Breastfeeding Symbol as your profile photo the same day.
- Spread the word! Click the share buttons at the bottom of this page.
Logo courtesy of Jessica Williams
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- Upcoming Nurse-Ins & Why they are a big deal
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- Why breastfeeding discrimination is wrong