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You Should Not Be Able To Arrest A Woman For Breast-Feeding While Drunk

Posted by Casey on June 24, 2009

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Can someone … anyone … explain how it is possible for a woman who is breast-feeding while intoxicated to be arrested while a pregnant woman who drinks goes free?

I am fed up with society’s hypocrisy when it comes to children, babies, or fetuses. There is no logical argument for there being a difference between a 7, 8, 9 month pregnant woman drinking, and a woman breast-feeding while drunk.

This constant struggle to simply try and figure out what is/is not a baby and what is/is not abuse and neglect will have to come to a head sooner or later.

Abortion is legal … unless you do it yourself. A pregnant woman can kill her 18 week old fetus, but someone else can’t? Have you ever even seen like during the time where a partial-birth abortion is performed?

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A Grand Forks mother who police say was “extremely intoxicated” while breast-feeding her 6-week-old pleaded guilty to child neglect Tuesday.

Officers responded to an unrelated call at a Grand Forks residence in the early morning of Feb. 13 and saw 26-year-old Stacey Anvarinia slurring her speech and breastfeeding, prosecutor Meredith Larson told the judge.

Citing a police report, Larson said officers were concerned about the infant’s welfare, so they called Altru Hospital and were told that breast-feeding while intoxicated was not good for the child.

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2 Responses to “You Should Not Be Able To Arrest A Woman For Breast-Feeding While Drunk”

  1. David said

    Truly, most of this is a matter of personal responsibility. A man and a woman who have sex and get the woman pregnant are personally responsible for the baby, whatever they decide to do. If they kill it, maltreat it (whether in vitro or out), or whatever. Until that child is no longer in custody, they are responsible. The best way of manifesting personal responsibility is to not have sex if you can’t afford a child, whether in or out of wedlock, whether affordablity is financial, business-wise, time-wise, whatever. If you have sex, you can eventually expect a child. If you conceive, you can expect to be involved for 18 years unless you put the baby up for adoption. If you ever maltreat that child, you should be deemed unfit, and child should be removed from your custody. There should be laws and rules. Spanking is not maltreatment. Drinking while breastfeeding is.

  2. Nolanimrod said

    Probably not the world’s best idea, but probably not sufficient reason for huffing & puffing, either.

    Perhaps we should declare a one-year moratorium on holding (and expressing) opinions about the behavior of other people which doesn’t impinge upon us.

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