The National Medical Board has refused to give Sophie Currier additional break time during her nine-hour clinical knowledge exams so she can pump. Currier also requested a private room for the lactatin’, but the board says she can use another testing room and the 45-minute breaks everyone else gets to express herself. The rooms have big windows to ensure no cheating goes on–so while Applebees doesn’t wanna see your boobs, the Medical Board practically requires it. The mom of a four-month-old is taking the board to court. Currier did get some additional test time (she can take the test over two days) because of disabilities–dyslexia and ADHD. But nursing won’t cut it for the docs.
Okay, so the lawsuit is one way to go about it, and I have to say, as someone who in another career advocated for disability accommodations, I still don’t get how additional break time really gives anyone an unfair edge. I mean, if you know the material, you know it, and unless Currier claims she needs to bring in a photo of her baby pasted to a medical textbook in order for her milk to let down, I doubt she’ll get any real benefit from the breaks other than the one she needs: a please-don’t-let-me-have-exploding-milk-ducts break. But you know what I’d like to see? Have her go in to talk to the board in person, and when they turn her down, she could whip out her boobs and spray them all Rambo-style. Take that! Now that would be in-your-face lactivism.
Photo from the New York Times.