Some days I am amazed with what makes big news in our country. Some days I'm flat out appalled ... and I should be using that particular verb in the context of the starvation of children across our globe (btw, FIFTEEN MILLION children will starve to death this year if you were unaware that it is a problem), or the nonsensical continuation of the war in Iraq, or the continued violence and sexual mutilation endured by women in the name of patriarical religious practices ...and now seen more and more in the medical community of this country; but no, today, I am appalled that we as women still have to fight for the right to bare our breasts and feed our babies...I can't even find the words for the level of anger I feel... if you wanna know what ticked me off...read on the copied version of the AP release...
And my apologies to Xandra Gregory, who I promised to blog about earlier today...join me tomorrow to find Mrs Giggles review of Xandra's anthology A Witch In Time...30 Protest Nursing Woman's Removal From Plane
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (Nov. 15) - About 30 parents and their children sat in front of an airline counter Wednesday to protest the treatment of a passenger who said she was kicked off a plane for breast-feeding her child.
Mothers breast-fed their children and held up signs during the "nurse-in."
"I just think it's unbelievable that it happened in 2006, especially in Vermont" said Lora McAllister, a Swanton mother. "It's kind of mind boggling."
Emily Gillette of Santa Fe, N.M., had complained that she was kicked off an airplane because she was nursing her baby.
A complaint against two airlines was filed with the Vermont Human Rights, although Executive Director Robert Appel said he was barred by state law from confirming the complaint. He did say state law allows a mother to breast-feed in public.
Elizabeth Boepple, a lawyer hired by Gillette, 27, confirmed that Gillette filed the complaint late last week against Delta Air Lines and Freedom Airlines. Freedom was operating the Delta commuter flight between Burlington and New York City.
A Freedom spokesman said Gillette was asked to leave the flight after she declined a flight attendant's offer of a blanket.
"I was horrified that a mother could be humiliated like that," said Caroline Beer, 34, of Burlington.
Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. The information contained in the AP news report
Want to do something? Change the views in this pathetic, misguided puritanical nation?
Go ahead...NURSE YOUR BABY IN PUBLIC...BARE YOUR BOOBS...ITS OKAY...HONEST.
and get involved with your local LeLeche League...