45 states that allow public breastfeeding, but not Michigan - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

There are 45 states that allow public breastfeeding and Mich. is not one of them

Posted: Updated:
  • Tim SkubickMore>>

  • The curse of Michigan's Lt. Governor

    The curse of Michigan's Lt. Governor

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:25 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:25:25 GMT
    No kid ever grows up wanting to be lt. governor, the second banana in state government.In Michigan there is a rich history of the second-in-charge wanting to use the office as a stepping stone to the top job as governor. Turns out it’s been a slippery stone as only two of twelvel.g.'s actually made it.The two winners were lt. governor John Swainson who served as the right-hand man to Gov. Soapy Williams and when he decided to retire, Mr. Swainson ran and won.Lt. Governor Bill Milliken served...
    No kid ever grows up wanting to be lt. governor, the second banana in state government.In Michigan there is a rich history of the second-in-charge wanting to use the office as a stepping stone to the top job as governor. Turns out it’s been a slippery stone as only two of twelvel.g.'s actually made it.The two winners were lt. governor John Swainson who served as the right-hand man to Gov. Soapy Williams and when he decided to retire, Mr. Swainson ran and won.Lt. Governor Bill Milliken served...
  • Jennifer Granholm back in office?

    Jennifer Granholm back in office?

    Monday, July 7 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-07-07 14:14:46 GMT
    Oh boy, the anti-Granholm mob will have fun with this.  They are talking in California about running the former Michigan governor for something as part of the “new generation” of D’s on the west bank.
    Oh boy, the anti-Granholm mob will have fun with this.  They are talking in California about running the former Michigan governor for something as part of the “new generation” of D’s on the west bank.
  • Schauer campaign plays rapid response game

    Schauer campaign plays rapid response game

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-07-03 03:11:48 GMT
    After the Detroit Free Press took a solid week to examine the charter school system, warts and all, the Democratic candidate for governor smartly responded with a laundry list of reforms.
    After the Detroit Free Press took a solid week to examine the charter school system, warts and all, the Democratic candidate for governor smartly responded with a laundry list of reforms.
LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) - Breastfeeding moms were at the state capitol this week and none too happy about legislation that has been in a house committee for about five months after breezing through the state senate last year.

There are 45 states that allow public breast-feeding and Michigan is not one of them.  This pending bill would change that.

Shannon Polk who runs the Michigan Breast-Feeding Network was wondering out loud if the House Judiciary chair, a man, was deliberately sitting on the bill?

“Women have a right to breast feed in public,” she asserts while adding, “We don’t ask anyone else to eat in a bathroom or eat under a blanket,” so why should moms be told to do just that? she wonders.

There have been reports that nursing mom’s have been asked to leave businesses and Ms. Polk and company think that is wrong.

Frankly, so does Committee chair Rep. Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant) who has placed the bill on hold; not because he opposes it.  On the contrary, “I have interest in it…I want to preserve the ability to  breast feed (but) I want to get it right.”

What’s to get right?

Attorney Cotter wants to avoid writing a bill that will result in unintended legal consequences.  For example, a nursing mom is breast feeding in a restaurant but another patrol complains to the manager.  What to do?  If the manager asks the mother to stop, the restaurant could be sued.  But if the other patron is told to just live with it, that could spawn a legal suit.

“What are the teeth in this bill?” he wants to know and how can you write it to avoid that lose-lose situation for everyone including the business that could end-up in court regardless of what it does?

Ms. Polk was so concerned about all this that she made sure at least two of the women at her lobby day where from Mr. Cotter’s district and they were prepared to tell him they vote.

Message sent.

Message received. “I’m not trying to block the bill,” Mr. Cotter explains but there’s no indication on when and if the legal ramifications will be ironed out.

In the meantime, breast-feeding moms in public around here are on their own.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • PoliticalMore>>

  • Obama pledges justice in visit to Dutch embassy

    Obama pledges justice in visit to Dutch embassy

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:50:18 GMT
    President Barack Obama says Americans were heartbroken by the loss of so many citizens of the Netherlands in the downed Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down in Ukraine.
    President Barack Obama paid tribute Tuesday to the nearly 200 citizens of the Netherlands who died when a Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down in Ukraine, visiting the Netherlands Embassy in Washington and pledging unity...
  • Obama on fundraising trip to West Coast

    Obama on fundraising trip to West Coast

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:43 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:43:11 GMT
    Amid a swirl of foreign and border challenges, President Barack Obama is embarking on the one mission that has regularly proved a winner for him - raising money for his fellow Democrats.
    Amid a swirl of foreign and border challenges, President Barack Obama is embarking on the one mission that has regularly proved a winner for him - raising money for his fellow Democrats.
  • Beretta: Gun law forcing move out of Maryland

    Beretta: Gun law forcing move out of Maryland

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:31 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:31:22 GMT
    Beretta U.S.A. Corp. says concerns about a gun-control bill that passed in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons making out of the state to Tennessee.
    Beretta U.S.A. announced Tuesday that company concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons making out of the state to Tennessee.
Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices