Pregnant Woman Ordered to Leave Bar
I was humiliated, says water-swilling mom-to-be
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2011 3:50 AM CST
"Pregnant women have a right to go out and enjoy themselves," the woman's mother said.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – Note to bouncers: Proximity to other people's drinks won't harm a fetus. An Illinois woman says she was ordered to leave a bar after a bouncer noticed she was heavily pregnant. She had flown to town that day for a friend's baby shower, but her night out lasted just 15 minutes—and consisted of her drinking one glass of water. Feeling humiliated, she agreed to leave. "I thought maybe there was some sort of pregnant woman ordinance," she tells ABC News.

Local law enforcement officials say there's no law banning pregnant women from bars and the president of the National Organization for Women says she's never heard of any such law anywhere in America. "That is not acceptable behavior," she said, adding that she thinks the bouncer should be fired and the bar owner sued. "We live in a country where people feel increasingly empowered to make decisions for pregnant women."

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Apr 6, 2011 1:31 AM CDT
Flying in your 3rd trimester (which the article said she did) is more dangerous then sitting in a bar drinking water.
Apr 5, 2011 10:04 AM CDT
Some of your comments are ridiculous and clearly not thought through. If the issue was about her drinking water and "taking up a stool a paying customer could have", then consider designated drivers. All bars openly accept and promote having a member of a group drink water, or even offer non-alcholic beverages at no charge in order to insure the safety of the rest of the group. As for the comments regarding a bartender not being able to see her belly if she were to order a drink... the bartender is not her keeper or parent. She is an adult able to make those decisions on her own. As for the comment about the bouncer making the call for HER safety, he could simply have let her know that this bar can get rowdy and he is concerned about her safety and let her make the decision for herself. Not a single one of you would want a bouncer, or anyone else to make this kind of decision for you. She is not over reacting, however, those who think she should sue, you are. A simply apology is in order and everyone should move on with their lives, period.
Marsha Mais
Feb 10, 2011 2:35 PM CST
I'm sorry, but I've been pregnant 3 times and I feel insulted just reading some of these comments. Are some of you trying to say that a pregnant woman doesn't have the right to enjoy a little night life with her friends? Im, sorry, but if there's a seat at the bar I'm gonna sit my fat pregnant tail there and sip my water AFTER I have my single shot Soco and lime. What gives you all any right to dictate what we can and can't do and what makes us safe or not? To say this woman may be overreacting is undermining how she felt, which was not only embarrassed, but possibly outcasted as well. But i guess until some of you are pregnant, swollen and have moments of feeling fat and ugly, you can't relate.