Senator Montgomery and Assemblyman Crespo's bill to provide jury duty exemption for breastfeeding women is delivered to the Governor

Senator Velmanette Montgomery and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo's legislation to provide jury duty exemption for breastfeeding women (S748/A5424) is delivered to Governor Cuomo and awaits his signature. This legislation is a common sense approach to helping mother and child at a critical time.

We urge you to call (518) 474-8390 or e-mail Governor Cuomo ( and ask him to sign this important piece of legislation into law! 

Jury duty exerts its demands on all who are called to serve, including women who are breastfeeding their infants. In an effort to protect the health the child, it is imperative that a mechanism is created that allows a physician to explain why an excuse from jury duty should be accepted and facilitated. Many women have decided to breastfeed their infants as a matter of promoting better health of their new-born based on the undeniable evidence which shows breastfeeding as superior nutrition for the development of the infant's brain and immune system. Jury duty interferes with these efforts at a critical time in the development of a child's cognitive and cerebral formation. No form of public service should over-ride a mother's primary responsibility and care of her infant child. 

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