Idaho is the only state in America which does not have legislation that allows mothers to breastfeed in public without facing an indecent exposure charge. In fact, the only protection that nursing mothers in Idaho have is Jury Duty exemption.
Now, a mother-of-four is facing an unbelievable sentence after – GASP! – breastfeeding her infant in public.
32-year-old Baker County resident Heather Watson has received a total of six indecent exposure citations for breastfeeding her 6-month-old daughter Caylee in public.
“I’m so frickin pissed off by the barbaric, stone-age, laws we have in Idaho,” she wrote on Facebook after receiving one of those citations. “I seriously just received my 4th ticket for the “indecent exposure” of my breast while feeding Caylee in public. You can bet I’m filing this document straight to the IDGAF folder (the trash can)!”
According to police reports and a statement from her husband, Watson was most recently cited in a public park when Caylee became fussy and she chose to feed her while supervising her other children, ages 2, 5 and 7.
A judge has now ordered her to spend 7 years behind bars for that “atrocity,” plus she must register as a sex offender.
“We have laws in our state and due to Mrs. Watson’s repeated civil disobedience it is clear to me that she has little to no regard for the system our state was built upon,” Judge Walter Chapman commented after his unnecessarily harsh ruling. “As a Judge, it’s not my job to create law, but to recognize and preside over it.”
Breastfeeding advocacy groups have called on anyone who disagrees with Judge Chapman’s ruling to voice their opinion by calling the Baker County Department of Justice at 785-273-0325.
Should Heather Watson be forced to spend the next 7 years away from her family and behind bars just for breastfeeding her baby? Have your say on this controversy in the comments section…
H/T: The Boston Tribune