House Republicans Just Unanimously Joined Democrats In Woman-Shaming

The House of Representatives, Tuesday, passed H.R. 1174, furtively titled “Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2017” on a voice vote.

The bill mandates that “certain public buildings” must provide a lactation room suitable for a mother to breastfeed a baby, out of sight of the public. It was introduced by hyper-liberal D.C. at-large Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton.

A voice vote is essentially a unanimous passage, where nobody can claim a “Nay” on the roll call–it’s fair to say that every conservative GOP Member of Congress voted to pass a bill that shames women for doing what women do naturally: raise their children as their bodies are uniquely equipped to do.

Why is it that our society puts up with so-called liberated women wearing vagina hats, publicly “shouting their abortion,” portrayal of women in vile pornography (sometimes calling it art), and prostitution (referred to as “sex workers”) but cannot bear watching a mother feed her baby?

In 2008, Erick Erickson was a member of the Macon City Council. As a lawyer, political pundit, and public servant, he fought (and won) against the “massage parlors” dotting the landscape with billboards along I-75 in Central Georgia. He tied the issue to slavery in a piece called “Sex, Slaves, and Spas

The salient points: Sex trafficking was an $8 billion business in 2008. “Progressive” countries that legalized prostitution found that it causes sex trafficking instances to skyrocket (this should be both logical and predictable to anyone who understands human nature).

Liberals always (and by “always” I mean every single time) side with women being freed and liberated from gender roles and societal constructs created by a paternalistic culture. First of all, that’s total rubbish. And second of all, anything that smacks of natural function that comports with biology and physiology is grouped into that “gender role” trash bin.

One man and one woman in a lifelong, committed marriage to raise a family? It’s anathema to them. A woman committing herself to taking care of her children? A prison! A woman publicly displaying maternal instincts and behavior like breastfeeding a child? Away with her!

It’s literally Aldous Huxley’s dystopian “A Brave New World” come to life, where “mother” is a pornographic term, while group sex is an act of worship.

Now Congress has joined this progressive chorus of woman-shaming (I should say “mother-shaming”). They’ve committed American taxpayer dollars for the maintenance and setting aside of public property to hide women away while they perform their shameful, vulgar, maternal duty.

Paul wrote in Romans 1, “Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.”

Our society worships the centerfold, the prostitute, and the porn star. Our leaders call objectifying women, “locker-room talk.” When Congress agrees to allocate money to hide women doing the most wholesome thing in the world (literally), our society has just taken a step toward Huxley’s dystopia. Next we will see laws making public breastfeeding a crime, and forcing businesses to provide lactation rooms.

Listen, I’m not saying that women should display their breasts and make a show. Although in many (most?) foreign countries it’s not-a-big-deal to the point that women do exactly that all the time–there are places where a modicum of modesty is appropriate. For example, in a church service (my church provides “cry rooms” and nursing mother rooms), or a movie theater.

But providing a specific “lactation room” in public buildings sends the message that women must use that room to breastfeed. It’s not by their choice, it’s shaming. Katherine McKinney wrote in Huffington Post “if you don’t support breastfeeding in public, you don’t support breastfeeding.” What’s telling here is she prefaced her statement with “it’s not going to make me popular.” Liberals want everything to be a “right,” except motherhood.

In 2011, Simone Dos Santos was told by two security guards that she couldn’t breastfeed her baby in the hallway of a D.C. government building. It’s not illegal to breastfeed in the hallways of D.C. public buildings. But now, courtesy of Congress, if this bill becomes law, Dos Santos and anyone else in D.C. will be shamed into a small room that will “be shielded from public view, be free from intrusion, and contain a chair, a working surface, and (if the building is supplied with electricity) an electrical outlet.”

Sounds like a shame room to me. No thanks to conservatives for their abandonment of a principled stand with families and motherhood.

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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