Texas Rep: ‘Important for Women To Be Modest’ When Breastfeeding
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TOMBALL, Texas (CBS Houston) – State Rep. Debbie Riddle has been the subject of scrutiny this week after posting on her official Facebook page about breastfeeding.
In the controversial public post, Riddle first stated that she supports women who choose to breastfeed their children.
“[H]owever it is important for women to be modest while feeding their baby – and most women are modest and respectful,” she said. “But, a bill that would allow for law suits if one ‘interfered’ with a woman breast feeding is really going a bit far.”
Riddle was discussing the matter because of the introduction of House Bill 1706, which would prohibit people from interfering with a parent who wishes to breastfeed a child in a public place, according to the Texas Tribune.
“If a business owner objects to a woman who is not being modest than be fearful of a lawsuit is government out of control,” Riddle added. “Most of our laws and bills being considered for law would not be necessary if people would simply be considerate and thoughtful of others. Needless to say – I am not supporting this bill.”
As of Friday morning, the post had garnered almost 1,100 comments. And while some where supportive of Riddle’s perspective, the overwhelming majority of those who took the time to comment did so to express outrage with her opinions.
“Respectfully: Shame on you, Representative Riddle. As a representative, you should be representing and caring for your constituents, not contributing to their oppression,” a Facebook user who identifies herself as Mariama Congo wrote in the comment thread. “As a female representative, in particular, you’d think you’d understand this and respect the women who helped get you elected.”
Another poster, going by the name of Tiana Mells, added, “It’s unfortunate that the issue with you is modesty. The REAL issue should be why others are even offended in the 1st place!”
The Republican representative of Tomball also garnered criticism from the other side of the political aisle in her state, according to the Tribune.
“Lingerie commercials reveal more than women actually trying to do good for their children and their families,” Rep. Jessica Farrar, a Democrat from Houston, was quoted as saying by the paper. “… [Yet] some people think that breastfeeding is somehow obscene.”
The original post has since been removed from Riddle’s Facebook fan page.