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
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(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."

Pregnant women have a right to go out and enjoy themselves, the woman's mother said.
"Pregnant women have a right to go out and enjoy themselves," the woman's mother said.   (Shutter Stock)
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He said to me, 'I have a personal question to ask you, are you pregnant?' I said yes. Then he said, 'I'm going to have to ask you to leave.' - Michelle Lee, 29

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