Legacy time: Obama signs Babies Act mandating baby changing stations in men’s rooms

Legacy time: Obama signs Babies Act mandating baby changing stations in men’s rooms
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Just in case you’ve been losing faith in feminism and politics this week, President Obama signed the Babies Act on Friday, making it a requirement that baby changing stations be made available in all bathrooms of public buildings, even the men’s room. Because dads need to change diapers, too. It’s not much to counteract say, presidential nominees talking about grabbing women by their genitals, but sometimes it’s best to focus on the little things. Like men being able to change their own baby’s diaper in a public restroom.

The bill is technically called the Bathrooms Accessible in Every Situation Actand it was proposed in April by Rep. David Cicilline (D-Rhode Island) and co-sponsored by 26 other Democrats and one Republican. It was passed with just 34 “nays” this summer (all of the no-votes were Republican, according to the official House archives) and then quickly made it to President Obama’s desk. It’s not often that the legislation process moves that quickly, but this one was sort of a no brainer.

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