New moms can now push back jury duty for up to two years if they are breastfeeding.
New legislation has been passed to allow moms to delay their service as long as they have a note from their doctor.
Breastfeeding moms can now postpone jury duty in New York State
The new bill, which was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has eliminated any worries new mothers may face if they are called up for duty if they have a baby to tend to.
Cuomo said in a statement: “While jury service is a critically important civic duty, we also know new moms oftentimes juggle countless responsibilities and navigate enormous adjustments in the early stages of their child’s life.
“This commonsense measure takes that reality into account by providing new moms the flexibility and option to postpone jury service while they care for a newborn.”
Moms must submit a note from a doctor verifying that she is nursing and the service must not have already been postponed or excused.
“We are working to increase access and reduce the stigma for breastfeeding mothers in New York,” said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.
“This new law will give mothers who are breastfeeding the option to postpone jury duty to help ensure the care and support needed during their pregnancy.
“This action builds on our efforts as part of the Women’s Justice Agenda, working to achieve equality and justice for all New Yorkers. We will not stop fighting to make sure women’s rights are protected, and attain true gender equality once and for all.”
The law takes effect immediately.
Currently, 17 states allow breasting moms to delay jury service, they include: California, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah and Virginia.
Meanwhile, for moms who which to go ahead with jury service, they are allowed to breastfeed in public in all 50 states.
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