Thursday, May 03, 2007

Breastfeeding as a Civil Right

Let's hear it for Family Values. Senator Constance Williams has introduced S.B. 34 in the PA legislature protecting a woman's right to breastfeed her baby in public. To show your support for this bill--if you live in PA--you can travel to Harrisburg for the following rally:

In celebration of Mother's Day, please join me for a rally on Monday, May 7th at 1 p.m. at the State Capitol in Harrisburg to raise awareness of the value of breastfeeding.

Last year more than 100 enthusiastic mothers, fathers and children joined me at a park in King of Prussia to rally in support of breastfeeding. The past year has seen a great deal of media coverage about the issue of breastfeeding in public. Unfortunate incidents at a busy airport and various malls have drawn hundreds of protestors to nurse-ins around the country and in our own backyards.

I have introduced three bills to support breastfeeding mothers. Senate Bill 34 protects breastfeeding in public, SB 35 ensures that a woman cannot be fired or discriminated against in the workplace for breastfeeding or expressing milk during breaks or lunch and SB 36 offers tax credits to businesses that support breastfeeding mothers.

This rally at the Capitol will give us the opportunity to show legislators and the Governor the dedication of the breastfeeding community and to educate people statewide about the benefits and advantages of breastfeeding.

If you plan to attend the rally I encourage you to meet with your State Senator and Representative to discuss your support for this important issue. This is a wonderful opportunity to become an active participant in the democratic process and visit one of the most beautiful state capitol buildings in the United States.

Please visit the Pennsylvania Legislature's web site for information about state Senate and House members, standing committee assignments and to view legislation:

If you have any questions or need more information about the rally, please contact Angela Fitterer at or 717-705-6339.

Attached is a flyer about the rally. Please circulate the flyer among your friends, family, organizations and post it on appropriate web sites and bulletin boards.

Working together we can make a difference for future generations.

Connie Williams

Senator Constance Williams
700 S. Henderson Road
Suite 100A
King of Prussia, PA 19406


Room 352, Main Capitol
P.O. Box 203017
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3017