President Obama Signs BABIES Act; Changing Stations Now Required In All Men’s Restrooms
President Obama recently signed the BABIES (Bathrooms Accessible in Every Situation) Act— a new law that requires baby changing tables to be placed in men’s restrooms.
“The new bill requires male and female restrooms in a public building to be equipped with baby changing facilities that the General Services Administration determines are physically safe, sanitary, and appropriate,” according to Congress.gov.
The Huffington Post reports, Rhode Island’s Representative David Cicilline introduced the bill to Congress by noting, “Government needs to do more to ensure that public buildings are family-friendly. No mom or dad should ever have to worry about finding a safe, sanitary place to change their baby ― least of all in a federal building that’s paid for by taxpayers.”
Although the provision only affects public buildings, it introduces a dynamic change in thought regarding equality when it comes to parenting duties. It also allows gay couples to have the ability to change their children in a private space.
This new act comes as a reminder that as much as the 2016 Presidential Campaign makes us feel that the United States is going backwards, it is still a progressive nation.