Riddle says critics missed her point
A Facebook ‘war’ has been being waged since late last week between one of Houston’s politicians and many Houston area mothers.
House Bill 1706 would allow women to file a lawsuit if someone interferes with them breastfeeding in public. State Representative Debbie Riddle went on Facebook, posted she was against the bill and then said women should cover up while nursing. Activist Michelle Hickman is just one of many who are unhappy with Riddle's comments.
“It was curious why she was speaking out on this at all. Right now the ball isn’t even in her court at all, so to say,” Hickman told KTRH.
Hickman believes should have kept her opinion to herself.
“She has the right to her opinion, but her duty to represent Texas law in public platforms should be to refrain from making comments that are against the current legal rights of Texans allowing them to nurse in public,” Hickman explained.
For her part, Riddle told KTRH she was surprised by the reaction her comments got.
“They obviously didn’t understand what I meant. And quite frankly there are some people that just choose to get offended,” Riddle said.
Not only was Riddle surprised, but she also believes Hickman and others missed her point completely.
“This is ridiculous. This whole deal has nothing to do with breastfeeding. This has to do with our litigious society,” Riddle explained.
Riddle says it's not that she's against breast feeding. She says she has three children and ten grandchildren and that most of them were breastfed. However, she says she is against any law that would allow frivolous lawsuits.