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BY NICK ADAMS
 
ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN
 

A judge rebukes a woman in his courtroom for ... breastfeeding?  That’s what allegedly happened in a Van Buren County Courtroom. Here’s WOOD TV.

“Natalie Hegedus and her five month old Landon were at a Van Buren County Courtroom.  A baliff noticed she was breastfeeding and wrote a note to the judge about it.  When the judge finally called her up, she said he called her out in front of a courtroom of people.”

When WOOD TV interviewed a court judge he said this was an abuse of the information age and that this isn’t a story.  However, Babble disagrees.

“Not a story? A judge, of all people, should know the law. Hegedus was doing nothing illegal. However, whether it’s legal or not, it’s the judge’s courtroom and he can decide what is and isn’t distracting or appropriate … Or can he?”

WWMT agrees Hegedus wasn’t doing anything illegal.  However, the judge had every right to reprimand her.  The CBS affiliate talks about the legality of the incident.

“We talked to a couple attorneys about this and it turns out in Michigan you can legally breast feed anywhere you want to.  With that being said, courtrooms have very volatile atmosphere’s and judges can do anything they deem fit to keep uneven keel. But the issue here is how the judge handled this particular incident.”

Abovethelaw.com agrees that a judge has the right to maintain order in his own courtroom.  The author argues it isn’t solely the judge’s fault.  

“Although Judge Hentchel’s declaration makes him sound a bit daft, Hegedus should’ve known that Michigan isn’t one of the 45 states that allows women to breastfeed anytime and anywhere...
Hegedus may have cried and felt humiliated, but it was really her own fault. “


So, yes breastfeeding is exempt from public indecency laws – but Michigan is not one of the many states that says breastfeeding is always allowed in public and private places – so there appears to be some legal gray area.

And Baby Center  points out this isn’t the first time women have been asked to leave for breastfeeding their babies.  

“Despite the fact that just about everybody encourages moms to breastfeed these days, we still hear stories of women being kicked off of buses, removed from airplanes and asked to leave restaurants for daring to nurse their babies in public.”

There are conflicting reports on how many people were actually in the courtroom when it happened.  Some say as many as thirty people, while others say as few as three.  
 

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Nov 16, 2011

Judge 'Humiliates' Woman for Breastfeeding

(Image Source: Flickr)

 
BY NICK ADAMS
 
ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN
 

A judge rebukes a woman in his courtroom for ... breastfeeding?  That’s what allegedly happened in a Van Buren County Courtroom. Here’s WOOD TV.

“Natalie Hegedus and her five month old Landon were at a Van Buren County Courtroom.  A baliff noticed she was breastfeeding and wrote a note to the judge about it.  When the judge finally called her up, she said he called her out in front of a courtroom of people.”

When WOOD TV interviewed a court judge he said this was an abuse of the information age and that this isn’t a story.  However, Babble disagrees.

“Not a story? A judge, of all people, should know the law. Hegedus was doing nothing illegal. However, whether it’s legal or not, it’s the judge’s courtroom and he can decide what is and isn’t distracting or appropriate … Or can he?”

WWMT agrees Hegedus wasn’t doing anything illegal.  However, the judge had every right to reprimand her.  The CBS affiliate talks about the legality of the incident.

“We talked to a couple attorneys about this and it turns out in Michigan you can legally breast feed anywhere you want to.  With that being said, courtrooms have very volatile atmosphere’s and judges can do anything they deem fit to keep uneven keel. But the issue here is how the judge handled this particular incident.”

Abovethelaw.com agrees that a judge has the right to maintain order in his own courtroom.  The author argues it isn’t solely the judge’s fault.  

“Although Judge Hentchel’s declaration makes him sound a bit daft, Hegedus should’ve known that Michigan isn’t one of the 45 states that allows women to breastfeed anytime and anywhere...
Hegedus may have cried and felt humiliated, but it was really her own fault. “


So, yes breastfeeding is exempt from public indecency laws – but Michigan is not one of the many states that says breastfeeding is always allowed in public and private places – so there appears to be some legal gray area.

And Baby Center  points out this isn’t the first time women have been asked to leave for breastfeeding their babies.  

“Despite the fact that just about everybody encourages moms to breastfeed these days, we still hear stories of women being kicked off of buses, removed from airplanes and asked to leave restaurants for daring to nurse their babies in public.”

There are conflicting reports on how many people were actually in the courtroom when it happened.  Some say as many as thirty people, while others say as few as three.  
 
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