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Breastfeeding Bill Vote in Senate-calls and emails needed!

****Please forward far and wide*****

AB 57, the Right to Breastfeed Act, will have a FINAL, historic vote in the Wisconsin State Senate on Tuesday, February 16th.

It is critically important that you call or email your State Senator's office TODAY and let them know that you are a constituent who has a very simple request:

Please vote yes on AB 57, the Right to Breastfeed Act, AS IS, with NO amendments!

To find out who your State Senator is and how to contact them, go here:

http://www.legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx

Tuesday's vote is the last hurdle in what has been a very long journey to get this simple piece of legislation passed to ensure that mothers have the right to nurse, and their babies to be fed, wherever they happen to be.

Even better, the earlier attempt to gut the bill was defeated, and bill sponsor State Rep. Sandy Pasch successfully added the strongest language yet to the bill:

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.

When this bill passes on Tuesday and the bill goes to the Governor's desk to be signed into law, Wisconsin will have one of THE strongest breastfeeding protection acts in the entire country!

So do your part to make it happen and call or email your State Senator's office TODAY.

Be sure to encourage your family and friends to do the same, and if you are a midwife, doula or other childbirth professional, please spread the word to your clients!

If you would like to witness the vote, please join us at the State Capitol in Madison next Tuesday. The session begins at 11:00 a.m., though the vote is likely not to take place until after noon. But legislators love seeing all the little ones, and a visual reminder of what's at stake always helps! So if you can come to the Capitol on Tuesday, please do.
 

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Thanks for posting about this! I didn't realize it was coming to vote so soon. I remember writing a letter to the senate waaaaaaay back 3 or 4 years ago. I also remember when it was first introduced into the legislature. It's taken FOREVER to get this far, but this is historic. I wrote to my senator and I hope that many other people here will do the same.
 

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In addition to the info posted above, if someone interferes with a breastfeeding woman, they face up to $200 in forfeitures.

And I just saw that this bill PASSED the State Senate!

WOOHOO!

Now the Governor has to sign it before it becomes law . . . . .
 
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