Originally Posted by sbf
I am looking for examples of arrested breastfeeding mothers.
A quick google search came up with a reference to a New York Times article stating that approximately 12,000 women are arrested each year for breastfeeding in public.
They would be arrested (and could be prosecuted, if the prosecutors chose to) under indecent exposure statutes. I'm not certain why this is so hard to understand.
Google breastfeeding and Mahoney, sbf, and you'll see that a congresswoman had to actively petition for legislation protecting breastfeeding mothers from harrassment on and ejection from federal property. Why? Because without a law protecting them, they had no recourse.
The reality is that in states where there is no law protecting breastfeeding mothers, women can be (and are) arrested for baring their breasts to feed their babies in public. It's disgusting, but it's the truth. This
is why it's so important that there be legislation in place protecting mothers. You can't "clarify" a point of law that doesn't exist. And where there's a law stating that baring your breast (for any reason) qualifies as indecent exposure and no exemption in the law (or other law) protecting breastfeeding mothers, then breastfeeding mothers don't, in actuality, have a right (under the law) to breastfeed in public. They are in danger of being arrested and charged subject to the whim of security officers and prosecutors.
Of course, there probably aren't too many prosecutors with their heads so far up their rears that they'd actually choose to press the issue, but that doesn't offer the women who are bullied any recourse under the law.
My guess is that LLL is coming from a perspective that women have a natural right to breastfeed anywhere and everywhere (which is absolutely true, IMO) and that legislation just clarifies that natural right. But the law - with few, if any, exceptions - doesn't follow natural rights anymore.