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Nanny state at its finest: Democrats hate business

I can come up with no other explanation for this part of health care reform:

Nursing mothers will now get additional support, thanks to page 1239 of the health care bill that President Obama recently signed into law. It requires employers to provide “a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from co-workers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.” Only companies with less than 50 employees can claim it’s an undue hardship.

Women have been breastfed since the beginning of time. They have done just fine without special rooms.

This is not about being anti-breastfeeding. I’m writing this as a woman who strongly believes in breastfeeding. Sure, it’s inconvenient. How is a separate room going to fix this? I’m sorry it’s inconvenient, but come on! What an unnecessary expense. This is another example of how monstrously anti-business this bill is.

Let’s look at this logically. Yes, women need to pump. That can be done in a stall. Forcing businesses to provide a special space is just absurd. Most businesses are going to provide a space like this anyway if they value their employees. The ones that don’t should have the option not to.

Unnecessary cost. There’s no valid logic behind this. Women can handle their business, and if companies want to make it more comfortable for them, then that’s one more reason women should want to work for them.

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