Mom Charged For Choosing Breastfeeding Over Jury Duty

7:02 PM, Oct 20, 2013   |    comments
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Lee's Summit, MO -- A Missouri woman is charged with being in contempt of court because she chose her son's breastfeeding schedule over jury duty.

Laura Trickle says that she was called for jury duty but would have had to go without Axel, her 7-month-old son.

Says Trickle,  "He has to be with me to eat."

The court didn't agree, so she showed up for jury selection where the judge gave her two options.

 "I would be able to pump on breaks, unfortunately Axel doesn't take a bottle, so that's not an option for us. The other option was to have someone stay with me all day and then be able to nurse on breaks. But since I'm a stay at a home mom we don't have childcare."

She faces a $500 fine.

A local senator is working on a bill that would excuse breastfeeding moms from jury duty.  12 states, (California, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon and Virginia) and Puerto Rico exempt breastfeeding mothers from jury duty. Laura's hearing is this coming Thursday.

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