Texas mothers plan another nurse-in at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport (DFW) this Friday, December 1, 2006, at 10 a.m. at the Delta counter in Terminal E of the airport.
According to participants, when five mothers and nine children originally gathered at DFW for the national nurse-in on November 21, they were harassed by airport security and threatened with arrest for indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. Mothers participating in this second nurse-in not only will gather in support of the mother kicked off a Delta flight for nursing without covering up, but to insist that the airport police (Department of Public Safety officers) apologize for their inappropriate comments and threats. They want the officers to receive training in the Texas breastfeeding law and the statutes defining indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. As it turns out, the indecent exposure law in Section 21.08 of the Texas Penal Code does not apply to breasts (not that any mothers were exposing their breasts anyway) but rather a person’s genitals and anus. Furthermore, the mothers were incorrectly told they had to leave because they did not have a permit to protest. When the mothers sought to apply for a permit for this Friday’s nurse-in, airport administration informed them that in fact a permit is not required for a peaceful gathering inside the airport, but only for picketers carrying large signs outside in front of the airport. As long as the mothers at Friday’s nurse-in do not carry picket signs or block people from coming or going, they are within their rights to gather inside the terminal.
Good luck on Friday, ladies! You are to be commended for your persistence and dedication.