Thursday, May 12, 2005

The Not-So-Classic Slip and Fall Case

In response to an incident in which an Ohio Wal-Mart shopper was expelled from a store for breastfeeding her child, State Sen. Patricia Clancy (R-Colerain Township) introduced a bill which allowed mothers to breastfeed their children in public or private areas without incident or harassment. It sailed through the State Senate.

Then, some obscure state constitutional provision required the bill to go to the State House of Representative, where things went, well, stupid. If you want to know how pro-tort reform the Ohio Legislature is, consider this story. The bill was held up in the Ohio House by an amendment by State Rep. Bill Seitz.

As was recounted by the Ohio Democratic Party's blog: "State Rep. Seitz offered an an amendment to the bill that would provide businesses with immunity from any lawsuits resulting from women breast-feeding their babies.

"Why would breast-feeding result in a lawsuit?

"'Slip-and-fall type cases,' Seitz said.

"Specifically, Seitz is concerned that milk en route from a woman's breast to a baby's mouth could be spilled on the floor, thus creating a slippery floor."

Apparently, Seitz isn't the only Ohio legislator concerned about the dangerous lubricating properties of breast milk as the Republican Caucus of the House Health Committee discussed Seitz's amendment for several hours behind closed doors. That's right, they literally discussed the possible danger of random milk droppings everywhere. That was the most important health issue for the state at the time. Maybe term limits AREN'T such a bad thing after all.


Your Fellow Wills Buddy :) said...

Obviously, the likelihood that someone would sue for a slip & fall from breast milk is infinitely more important than education. I'm so glad that Rep. Seitz is overtly concerned with breast milk as the Cincinnati public school next door to my apartment gets shut down because the average grade sustained by its students is an F.

OLS said...

Come on now . . . that should funding, real education crap is so overrated. I mean, gosh - it's only been a dozen years since our school funding has been declared unconstitutional. Why in the *world* would we start worrying about it now. No longer a hot topic - people got bored with the stupidity in Columbus on that issue about 8 years ago.

Now, breast milk - that's something we can really get the people to rally behind! ;)