Breastfeeding Woman Fights for Her Rights
breastfeeding mom facing charges for failing to appear for jury duty
saw those charges dismissed recently, in a case lactation advocates
call a "victory for breastfeeding mothers in the United States."
a Boise, Idaho mother who currently is breastfeeding her 2-year-old
daughter, maintains she did appear for duty, but was turned away
because she had her child with her. Wright repeatedly had requested
postponement of her jury duty because she was still breastfeeding.
provides that "a mother nursing her child shall have jury duty
postponed until she is no longer nursing the child" (Idaho Code Section
2-209). When Siri Wright was met with resistance from the jury
commissioner, she explained that she would be happy to serve once her
daughter was no longer nursing. Commissioner Shepard demanded the
mother cease nursing her child by a specific deadline to serve as a
set to go on trial March 13 for criminal contempt — a charge that
carries a penalty of three days in jail and a $100 fine; however, Judge
Joel Horton dismissed the charges March 2.
This is a
victory for breastfeeding mothers in the United States, said Jody
Wright (no relation), president of Motherwear, a catalog company
devoted to supporting breastfeeding women.
"I hope the
news of Judge Horton's decision to allow Siri to postpone her jury duty
until she is no longer nursing her daughter adds momentum to the
movement in this country to protect and promote breastfeeding," she
who said she believes her 2-year-old daughter should be able wean
herself, received word from the commissioner that if by March 1, 2001,
her daughter is still breastfeeding, she will have to repeat the
process of jury duty postponement once again, according to Susan Rose,
director of public relations and outreach for Motherwear.