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FOREST PARK, Ga. -- Local mothers are banding together to fight breastfeeding restrictions that could lead to fines or jail time.|
The women are upset over a new public indecency law that puts limits public breast-feeding in Forest Park. Last week, city council approved an ordinance that bans breastfeeding children over 2 years old in public. Some Forest Park women are saying the city doesn’t have a right to make that decision.
“To basically compare me to a stripper, I find very demeaning,” Katherine Frederick told Channel 2’s Tony Thomas.
She and more than 100 others, who call themselves lactivists, plan to protest at a nurse-in Monday morning at Forest Park City Hall. They have spread the word on a Facebook page. An online petition against the ordinance has garnered more than 700 signatures.
Forest Park's city manager said leaders are simply trying to be proactive -- and taking aim at broader nudity issues -- not nursing in public.
“This ordinance allows any lady that is breastfeeding a child up to 2 years old, after that of course, we might want to have a discussion with them, but it doesn't affect that type of conduct at all,” city manager John Parker said.
But Frederick said mothers need to take a stand before the restrictions get worse.
“I find that incredibly offensive and outrageous. It's a very natural process. It's how I feed my child,” Frederick said. “The limits are going to shrink, then it's going to be after one, or after six months, then you can't breast feed in public anymore.”