Help - Breastfeeding Rights

Hello I am trying to find any kind of help or information regarding my rights to breastfeed my 11 month old son.  I had been a victim of domestic violence by his father and finally left September of 2009.  He was arrested and still awaits his trial for spousal abuse, child endargement and crimal threats but have already been to court for custody.  Unfortunately I was a stay at home Mom and when I left I had nothing.  No money for an attorney.  He of course had money for an attorney and he took the custody and DV order to trial.  The judge told me in December th...more
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The House Hunt

Since January of this year, we have viewed over 70 properties in the south west of London. We have seen overpriced tiny flats, reasonably priced fixer upper maisonettes, and outrageously prices terraced houses. We even managed to make offers on several properties that, although not exactly what we were looking for, were not too bad and were within our meagre budget. These properties, it turned out, were well beyond our reach. Despite a 20% fall in London housing prices since the start of the recession, sellers in London are holding out....more

The Plan

My 29th birthday has come and gone and like most birthdays nothing much happened. In the USA the 5th of November is not a special day - it is too far past Halloween to warrant a costume party and weirdly the only notable event it is close to is Election Day. However, ever since I have moved to London my birthday gets celebrated by all of the British public with an extraordinary fireworks display. The fireworks are not really for me, obviously, they are to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night....more

Introduction to the American Baby Plan in London

Today is the first of November 2009. In exactly four days, on November 5th, I will turn 29 years old. This blog will begin then, with the premise that in one year's time, on my 30th birthday, I will be pregnant for the first time in my life. That's not hard, you might think, but if you actually begin to think of all the things that need to be in place in order to have what we all ultimately all want in life: to do one better than our parents - then you really do need to stop and consider all the small items and steps that need to go into the Baby Plan....more

Medical Marijuana is Coming to New Jersey

Barring any last-minute surprises, this week Gov. Jon Corzine will sign the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, making it legal for patients with certain debilitating diseases to use marijuana as part of their treatment. The bill passed Jan. 10 with bi-partisan support in both the Assembly and Senate. New Jersey will then become the 14th US state to legalize medical marijuana.  ...more

Indefinite Leave to Remain

You can read my earlier posts, relating to planning for my first child at ...more

Congratulations on getting your indefinite leave to remain in the UK - a long and tedious ...more

India's Free Speech Challengers: Online And Off

What happens with a newly-elected Indian minister in the central government starts tweeting? Many hilarious controversies, clashes and headlines. ...more

Women Who Plan to Have Lots of Sex May Be Breaking the Law

On January 7, Alex DiBranco reported at's Women's rights blog that carrying too many condoms and hanging out with another person can get a woman arrested for prostitution in DC. On January, 11, she noted that this insanity is official policy in New York and San Francisco, too. She followed up the next day with the DC Metropolitan Police Department response. ...more

I just read the premisse of your post to my boyfriend who raised his eyebrows and then asked ...more

Dear Mr. Harry Reid...

Dear Mr. Reid,The comments you made were despicable and dishonorable.  To refer to Mr. Obama as having a better chance of winning the election, because he could basically stop sounding "Negro" at will is simply unbelievable. ...more

Pro-death Penalty Legal Group Abandons Capital Punishment Work

For nearly 50 years, legal theorists, policy makers and law school educators have referred to the American Legal Institute in articulating and clarifying the case for capital punishment. As the New York Times reported yesterday, the ALI has abandoned its work on the issue. The development may accelerate the trend of states and juries backing away from imposing capital punishment, and it may also affect the way lawyers are educated. ...more

Thank you, Kim, for another thoughtful and timely piece. You may remember I wrote in when ...more