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Breastfeeding Rally Takes Place Nationwide

Burlington International Airport - November 21, 2006

About two dozen nursing mothers came to the Burlington International Airport to protest for their right to breastfeed.

"Today is national nurse in to express our support and solidarity with Emily Gillette who was kicked off the airplane in October," said Chelsea Clark.

And in response, Chelsea Clark of Fairfax, a mother of a 9 week old and a 2 and a half year old, decided to organize the nation-wide nurse-in.

"There were 31 official locations and around 15 tentative locations around the country," continued Clark.

Last week, Delta airlines apologized to Gillette and said that they had disciplined the employee involved. But organizers of today's nurse-in say that the apology did not go far enough, and they want federal legislation to protect nursing mothers.

"This would be a federal law that would be attached to our civil rights, much like the law in Vermont that would support breastfeeding mothers to nurse whenever and wherever they need to," said Clark.

Passing travelers at the airport seemed to support the protestors, but also gave Delta credit for it's apology.

"I think that it's definitely raising awareness and I think that it's a good thing. It shouldn't have happened, and Delta did the right thing, but I think they're taking this opportunity to make sure that it doesn't happen again," said Dawn Fragola of Shelburne, who was travelling with her husband, Marc.

Protestors said that the nurse-in also gives them a chance to have their voices heard.

"You know I feel that incident, it gave people that have had problems... maybe even one incidence of a problem, sort of a chance to express themselves in a way that could be heard," said Peter Watson, a supporter of the Nurse-In rally.

A message that will be heard all around the country.

Alex Martin - Channel 3 News

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