(Meredith) – It’s finally legal to breastfeed in public in all 50 U.S. states.
Utah and Idaho recently signed bills into law to protect nursing mothers who need to breastfeed in public, putting them on pace with the rest of the country.
However, the bill passed in Utah with some resistance.
According to the Salt Lake City Tribune, the initial wording of the bill stated public breastfeeding would be legal “irrespective of whether the woman’s breast is uncovered.”
Republican Rep. Curt Webb voted against it because he said it lacked a standard of modesty.
"This seems to say you don't have to cover up at all. I'm not comfortable with that, I'm just not,” Webb told the Salt Lake City Tribune. “It's really in your face."
The bill only passed after the portion was removed about nursing mothers not needing to cover up, USA Today reported. Now it simply states that women are permitted “to breastfeed in any place of public accommodation.”
Meanwhile in Idaho, a similar bill passed with a unanimous vote of 66-0. The legislation protects breastfeeding mothers from indecent exposure and obscenity laws, the Idaho Statesman reported.
Republican Rep. Paul Amador, who introduced the Idaho bill when his son was 5 months old, said it was disappointing that women were offered no protection.
"Personally, I find it disappointing that we’re in 2018 and we still haven’t passed this law in Idaho. I think we can take a proactive stance here through legislation to promote the natural bond and health benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child. I also believe the health and nutritional choices of our families are best left as decisions for our families, not our government.”
The U.S. now joins countries like the United Kingdom and Australia, where public breastfeeding has been legal since 2010 and 1984, respectively.
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