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Exempt breast-feeding from indecent exposure laws

In 2005, I read about a young mother who had been kicked out of a community pool in Chandler (a suburb of Phoenix) for committing the heinous act of breast-feeding her baby at a table near the pool, under a blanket, while fully clothed.

Why is it shocking that any mother would consider putting a large blanket over her body, tucking her baby underneath, and discreetly feeding him? This young mother had more fabric covering her and her baby's bodies than the rest of the pool-goers' clothing combined that day. Yet someone thought it was indecent for her to be seen feeding her child.

I volunteered to help her get a bill passed to protect all Arizona mothers who breast-feed their babies.

I met regularly with "lactivists," crafting legislation that would exempt breast-feeding mothers from indecent exposure statutes (laws that make it a crime to get naked on the street, etc.) and give them the legal right to breast-feed in public places without harassment. [The bill passed in 2006.]

Source: Unite and Conquer, by Kyrsten Sinema, p. 17-18 , Jul 1, 2009

Sponsored supporting No Name-Calling Week in schools.

Sinema co-sponsored Resolution on school bullying

Congressional Summary:Expresses support for the goals and ideals of No Name-Calling Week (an annual week of educational activities to bring attention to name-calling and provide schools with tools to eliminate name-calling and bullying).

  • WHEREAS 60 organizations have come together as No Name-Calling Week partner organizations since its inception in 2004;
  • WHEREAS 30% of elementary students reported being bullied or called names at some point while in school;
  • WHEREAS over 80% of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGBT) middle and high school students were verbally harassed in the past year because of their sexual orientation;
  • RESOLVED by that Congress encourages the people of the U.S. to observe No Name-Calling Week with appropriate ceremonies, programs, and activities.

    Opponent's argument against bill:(Izzy Kalman in Psychology Today, Jan. 26, 2012):

    No Name-Calling Week does no good in solving the problem of name-calling, and it can only make the problem worse by weakening children emotionally. Why are more kids than ever committing suicide because they can't handle being called names?

  • After a week of being bombarded with the message that names can scar them forever, are kids going t
    Source: H.CON.RES.10 13-HCR10 on Jan 25, 2013

    More funding & services for victims of domestic violence.

    Sinema co-sponsored Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

    Introduction by co-sponsor Sen. Kay Hagan (D,NC):
    We have a serious responsibility to ensure that women and families are protected. The rates of violence and abuse in our country are astounding and totally unacceptable: domestic violence affects more than 12 million people each year. In my home state, 73 women and children are killed on average every year because of domestic violence.

    Since 1994, the STOP Program has provided grants for services, training, officers, and prosecutors, and has transformed our criminal justice system and victim support services. And this bill includes the bipartisan SAFER Act, which helps fund audits of untested DNA evidence and reduces this backlog of rape kits. I ask you: What other victims in America have to identify the attacker before authorities will take action? None.Introduction by Sen. Chuck Grassley(R,IA):
    I urge my Republican colleagues, as I will do, to support the motion to proceed. There has long been bipartisan support for the Violence Against Women Act. Too many women are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence. There is overwhelming bipartisan support for 98% of what is contained in S. 47. [Since our negative vote last session], controversial provisions have been removed. The key stumbling block to enacting a bill at this time is the provision concerning Indian tribal courts. Negotiations are continuing, and compromises would allow the bill to pass with overwhelming bipartisan support. Introduction by Sen. Pat Leahy (D,VT):
    Our bill will allow services to get to those in the LGBT community who have had trouble accessing services in the past. The rates of domestic and sexual violence in these communities are equal to or greater than those of the general population. We also have key improvements for immigrant victims of domestic and sexual violence.

    Source: S.47/H.R.11 13-HR0011 on Jan 22, 2013

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