by Michelle Hickman | June 6, 2012 10:37 pm
Knowing the Right Phrases To Get the Most Bang for your Bill
If you’re working on writing legislation to try to change things in your state, knowing a few key phrases to use or avoid can help you avoid future problems, or your bill being shot-down quickly. While there’s much more to consider, here are some key points to keep in mind:
Use the term ‘child’ and not ‘baby’ in regards to any breastfeeding verbiage. ‘Baby’ can lead to future age arguments.
Any wording pertaining to public indecency should stay away from using the terms breast, nipple, exposure, and uncovered as they are hot button words that can cause legislation to be turned down. Allowing a mother to nurse in public and for her breast to be exposed even the nipple during latch on doesn’t have to be worded in detail drawing attention to the breast. A good example is to keep it simple. For example, ‘The act of a mother breastfeeding a child, shall not be considered lewd, indecent, immoral, or unlawful conduct.’, nothing more is needed.
The most popular verbiage for what locations a mother has permission to nurse are:
Enforcement is key! In order to put an end to breastfeeding discrimination, there has to be consequences. A law without enforcement protects no one.
The jury duty exemption for breastfeeding mothers is very helpful, but know your legislation because it may not be needed. You don’t want to push for jury duty exemptions and make it a big issue that could cause your bill to fail especially when it’s not as important as the enforcement of lactating rights.
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