Thanks, Subsection E: Columbus mother nearly arrested for breastfeeding in Piggly Wiggly
Columbus, Ga. — A new mother was nearly arrested for breastfeeding in a Piggly Wiggly in Muscogee County.
It all started when Savvy Shukla was shopping for items when her young child began crying out of hunger.
She did what other mothers would do in that situation to quell the crying: nurse her child by breastfeeding.
The hotheaded cop then decided to confront her about it.
Ms. Shukla wrote: “A deputy approached me right when I was about to leave and informed that I needed to cover up because someone might find it ‘offensive.’”
After stating she had the right to nurse her son whenever and wherever she was comfortable in keeping with Georgia state law, Ms. Shukla continues that the deputy responded, “You just THINK you know what the law says and if your nipple becomes exposed I really don’t want to have to arrest you or you be arrested for being offensive. This isn’t like the First Amendment where you can say something offensive.”
Ms. Shukla says she continued to argue with the officer, even after he told her he could “already see my areola.”
After that, Ms. Shukla wrote, “I finally got mad enough and walked away telling him I know my right to have a good night. And went to the car and boohooed and I’m still boohooing about it.”
Sadly, Georgia state law actually allows for municipalities to ban breastfeeding under Section 16-6-8’s subsection E:
(e) This Code section shall be cumulative to and shall not prohibit the enactment of any other general and local laws, rules, and regulations of state and local authorities or agencies and local ordinances prohibiting such activities which are more restrictive than this Code section.
Due to that section, the City of Brunswick, located on the other side of the state, was able to legally outlaw breastfeeding. Sylvania also has a ban, the only local Georgia municipality with such.
Instead of preempting tighter gun laws and more stringent fracking laws, the politicians in the Gold Dome need to delete Subsection E and replace it with language expressly prohibiting municipalities from enacting public nudity/topless/breastfeeding laws that are more restrictive than the State’s public indecency law, which legalizes public nudity under state law and has in place an exemption for breastfeeding on state-owned properties such as state parks.