Oh, Good Grief – More Breastfeeding in Public Nonsense
According to the Tennessean (Nashville, TN), “A woman who became angry when deputies asked her to stop nursing her baby outside a Rutherford County courtroom was threatened with arrest.”
The article indicates that she was asked to more to “a more discreet location,” when she allegedly began “screaming and causing a disturbance.”
I’m not touching the screaming bit with a ten foot pole. However, the article indicates that:
“Sgt. Michael Potts said Rankins’ breast was exposed…But Rankins said her breasts were covered and she believes her rights were violated.”
The article claims that the law states that “a mother has a right to breastfeed a baby who is 12 months old or younger in any location.” Tennessee state law does say this, but it also explicitly states, “the act of breastfeeding shall not be considered public indecency, or nudity, obscene or sexual conduct.” Regardless of what happened after he asked her to move, she had a right to breastfeed exactly where she was, regardless of whether the Sergeant caught a glimpse of boob. Officer of the Law, meet the Law.
In a more expanded coverage of the event, the Daily News Journal quotes the Sergeant as saying, “If she had been covered up, nothing would have been said to her,” and rightly points out that Tennessee law does not require coverage.