So let me get this straight. We're supposed to believe that women exist in Tennessee who are savvy enough to use eBay to buy breast milk, but stupid enough to give anonymous unscreened breast milk to their kids? And that Tennessee women are desperate enough to sell their breast milk on eBay?
"State Rep. Joe Towns Jr. said he's seen reports of people selling breast milk on eBay."
Who are these women in Tennessee in such dire financial straits that they are pumping their breasts for strangers, but at the same time can also afford a computer and Internet access -- let alone spare time from breast-feeding their own kid(s) in order to run a breast-feeding Internet enterprise?
Hell, how do they even ship the breast milk? The start-up costs on a breast-milk business have got to be enormous. Even if you're just selling it to people you know, you've got the outlay for coolers and containers. That's not cheap.
I defy State Rep. Joe Towns Jr. to name me one woman who is doing this in this state. Hell, I defy Towns to show me one sale of this sort taking place on eBay right now at all. And should he, by chance, find such a sale (there are none at the time of this writing), I challenge him to show how it affects Tennesseans.
I know y'all get excited up there when you think it's been too long between laws regulating what women can do with our bodies. And this bill shows the whole scope of anxieties that Tennessee legislators have about their women constituents in one neat package -- we're always looking to harm babies, we're always working a scam (selling breast milk, passing off babies that aren't yours as yours, etc.). But come on, people, please. This is a solution in search of a problem.
Is it really too much to ask that legislators show something is actually happening before they legislate against it?
Or are all urban legends fair game for legislative attention?