Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Forest Lake Georgia.... Meet Real World Please

Days like today I feel like I must have traveled through time or am in a parallel universe… but no… we live in a time and place where a city council can pass an ordinance that tells moms they are no longer welcome to feed their children in public. At 729 days old it is perfectly acceptable… and then magically at 730 days it becomes some horrid indecent act that must be hidden away.

FOREST PARK, Ga. -- A new law in metro Atlanta will limit breast feeding in public.

On Monday night, Forest Park passed a public indecency ordinance to prevent public nudity. Previously, the city only had a public indecency ordinance that covered adult entertainment businesses.

According to the law, no woman can breast feed anyone older than 2 years old in public. City manager John Parker called the law a proactive step.

“It sets up a process whereby we can try to control nudity throughout the entire city," Parker said.


HOW did this even end up to be a city council issue? My brain must imagine there are one or two brave toddler nursing mama’s around town and a whole lotta loud complainers about it. Now these mothers are being shamed into hiding their nursing at home. Why is it even slightly questionable? Well, Georgia state law is: Ga. Code § 31-1-9 (1999) states that the breastfeeding of a baby is an important and basic act of nurture which should be encouraged in the interests of maternal and child health and allows a mother to breastfeed her baby in any location where the mother and baby are otherwise authorized to be. (1999 SB 29, Act 304; 2002 SB 221). – That pesky word ‘baby’ is probably what people will try to stand behind. Now Georgia gets to wastes tons of taxpayer money to get the word ‘baby’ changed to ‘child’ just like now Tennessee had a limit of 12 months on their law which was recently changed to express no limit. It was reported that the 12 month limit was not meant to restrict, it was just simply an oversight when they wrote the law. Can’t we just change them ALL in one swoop and move on to more important things like creating jobs and stabilizing the economy???

Contact Forest Park and let them know what you think:

Or better yet, there is a nurse-in scheduled for Memorial Day May 23rd 10am. Meet at the city park behind city hall and follow everyone to the building. If you aren’t nursing you are still welcome to come and show your support. City Hall 745 Forest Parkway Forest Park, Ga

In the meantime… I have a feeling there are going to be some really old looking 23 month olds running around Georgia.

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