Can you see the steam coming out of my ears?
Working on the computer and cuddling Belgee.
The rhythm of life goes like this: a woman ovulates. If she doesn't get pregnant, approximately fourteen days later she menstruates. Approximately fourteen days later she ovulates again. Repeat, repeat, repeat until she either gets pregnant or hits menopause.
Menstruating is the natural conclusion of the 28 day cycle. It is her natural state. She can choose, of course, to take medical means to interfere with that. But, can you imagine an employer firing a woman because she's not on the pill. (Unless her employer is a pimp.) Would a judge rule in favor of an employer who didn't give a woman the time and appropriate place to change her tampon? I think not.
Lactation is the natural and obvious conclusion to the cycle of ovulation, fertilization, implantation, gestation, and birth. Lactation is simply what happens next. It is how human mammals feed their babies. A woman's body does that all on its own. A woman can choose, of course, to take medical means to interfere with that. But, should she be required to?
The judge in this case said that lactation was not pregnancy-related. (Methinks this gentleman needs a biology lesson.) As a result of this faulty understanding the judge ruled that firing a woman because she is pumping breast milk is not sexual discrimination. Are you serious? People get breaks to smoke, use the restroom, make personal calls, etc. But, if you want to use your break to pump it's out of the question? Of course it's sexual discrimination; only women lactate!
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The fact that breastfeeding women are not protected under the law is ridiculous, in my opinion. President Obama's health care law does address breastfeeding and requires employers to give new moms a break to nurse. However, it doesn't protect women from being fired if they ask to pump! There's a severe chink in this logic. (The more I learn about the President's healthcare law, the angrier I get. There's no room for following the dictates of your conscience, is there?!)
I think some nurse-ins are in order. Who's with me?