Senate unanimously votes for lactation rooms in courthouses

Mother breastfeeding baby.

Nursing mothers don't always have a comfortable place to pump or breastfeed when outside their home.

A new bill that passed the Senate unanimously on Thursday would help women inside the courthouse to have privacy while nursing.

Senate Bill 3503 would require circuit courts to have lactation rooms.

The rooms must have a chair, table, electrical outlet, and a sink with running water.

The bill also specifies that it cannot be a restroom.

This is the second measure the Senate has passed this week supporting gender equality.

"I'm incredibly proud that at this moment in time on a whole lot of different issues that intersect, you're seeing women find their voices in a way that is palpable and powerful," Sen. Toi Hutchinson, D-Chicago Heights, said.

In 2017, United States Senator Tammy Duckworth helped pass a bill giving mothers a nursing room inside of airports.

The bill now heads to the House. There is no word on when they will vote on it.

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