Karl Stefanovic’s scathing message to the judge who expelled a nursing mother from his courtroom: “What’s the problem?”
- Karl Stefanovic criticized the Victorian judge
- Judge ordered breastfeeding mother out of court
Karl Stefanovic criticized a judge for throwing a nursing mother and her son out of the courtroom.
The Today Show host criticized Judge Mark Gamble and his decision to remove the couple from Victoria County Court on Thursday.
Judge Gamble had told the woman that he believed it would be a “distraction”, prompting her to walk out of the room in tears and leaving her feeling humiliated.
An outraged Stefanovic criticized the judge for how he had treated the mother and shared a forceful message for anyone who agreed with the decision.
Karl Stefanovic criticized a judge for kicking out a nursing mother and her son from the courtroom
“I can’t believe in this modern society,” he said Friday.
“There are going to be people out there who say, ‘Oh, well, she could have gone elsewhere.’ Come on, what’s the problem?
The nursing mother is understood to be the wife of a prominent Melbourne rabbi.
She had been observing a matter at Victoria County Court when Judge Gamble told her to leave.
‘Ma’am, you will not be allowed to breastfeed a baby in court,’ she said.
It will be a distraction and I will have to ask you to leave.
Former Olympian and politician Kirstie Marshall called the decision “extraordinary and disappointing.”
The issue is particularly close to Ms Marshall after she was told to leave the Legislative Assembly while nursing her 11-day-old baby Charlotte in 2003.
“I thought that we as a modern society were already past this,” he said. herald sun.
Melbourne obstetrician Nisha Khot described the incident as gruesome.
“We have worked very hard to overcome so many barriers for women who want to breastfeed and for this to happen in a court of law is simply unacceptable,” she said.
‘Babies have been breastfed in this country’s parliament and in other parliaments.
“I don’t think there is any public space where breastfeeding a baby should be unacceptable.”
Judge Gamble had told the woman that he believed it would be a ‘distraction’, prompting her to storm out of the room in tears and leaving her feeling humiliated (file picture)
She said breastfeeding had long-term implications for mother and child, so any interruption could affect their health.
People are not allowed to eat, drink, or wear clothing such as sunglasses and hats in court.
Pregnant and lactating women are protected by laws against discrimination in areas of public life, including work, school, college, shopping, or rental property.
However, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission website does not indicate whether the legislation applies to courtrooms.
Parenthood chief executive Georgie Dent said it was incredibly humiliating to be asked to leave somewhere for breastfeeding.
“It creates this impression of some kind of shame about feeding your baby,” Ms Dent said.
“If we control people for that, we only increase the isolation that mothers experience and create a situation where breastfeeding becomes much more difficult.”
Judges are immune from civil liability on the basis of promoting independence.
The County Court declined to comment.