Texan politician under fire for opposing public breastfeeding

1878riddle breastfeeding ban public Texan politician under fire for opposing public breastfeeding

In a Facebook post that Riddle has since deleted, therepresentative expressed her opposition to House Bill 1706, whichwould allow a mother to breastfeed her child in public. The billwould also allow parents who believe their breastfeeding rightshave been violated to file a lawsuit.”Now, I am all in favor of breast feeding — however it isimportant for women to be modest while feeding their baby — andmost women are modest and respectful,” Riddle wrote on herFacebook page. “But, a bill that would allow for lawsuits if one’interfered’ with a woman breast feeding is really going a bitfar.”She also said that a business owner should have a right toobject to a woman breastfeeding on his property, and that women whobreastfeed in public are “inconsiderate”.“Most of our laws and bills being considered for law wouldnot be necessary if people would simply be considerate andthoughtful of others,” she wrote. “Needless to say – I amnot supporting this bill.”Within hours of posting the Facebook update, Riddle’s remarkshad surpassed 1,000 comments. Most of the commenters were furiousabout her statement, with one writing that “there is nothingimmodest about nursing a baby, no matter how much breast yousee”.Other lawmakers have also expressed their outrage at Riddle.State Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, who authored House Bill 1706,told the Texas Tribune that Riddle’s mentality “illustrates theproblem” she hopes to solve with her bill.“Lingerie commercials reveal more than women actually tryingto do good for their children and their families,” she said.“…Some people think that breastfeeding is somehowobscene.”Although Riddle deleted her status update and has refused tocomment to the media about it, angry Facebook users have continuedto flood her page with heated comments.“Breastfeeding isn’t a modesty issue because it isn’tsexual,” wrote Facebook user Sarah Rose Fernandez. “If youhave trouble differentiating between a baby eating and sexualactivity, sounds like you have a problem.”While Riddle has outraged women throughout the US with hercomments, it’s not the first time she has been offensive. In 2010,she appeared on Anderson Cooper 360, claiming that Middle Easternwomen choose to emigrate to the US to have children here and raisethem as terrorists. In September, she told a dark-skinned Americancollege student to “go to Afghanistan”, where people“still live like they are in the Stone Age”.“Because of my name and what I look like and my skin color,she is saying I should go to Afghanistan and that I am not a realAmerican,” the student told The Horn.After engaging in an argument with the college student on herFacebook wall, Riddle told the young man not to insult anyone who’sold enough to be his parent “because we have lived more life andknow a little more about the real world than you.”In 2003, the Texas lawmaker described Moscow as “the pit ofhell” in an interview with the El Paso Times. “Where did this idea come from that everybody deserves freeeducation, free medical care, free whatever?” she wrote. “Itcomes from Moscow, from Russia. It comes straight out of the pit ofhell.”

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