Why Was A Pregnant Woman Forced To Leave A Bar Just Because She Was Expecting?

Sat, January 15, 2011 11:50am EST by 3 Comments


Can you believe that a bar in Roselle, Ill. asked a pregnant woman to leave their establishment even though all she was doing was drinking water?

Who knew that socializing while pregnant was a crime? Apparently it is in Roselle, Ill.! That’s where a woman was kicked out of a bar after the staff found out that she was 8 months pregnant! “I was stunned,” Michelle Lee, 29, told ABC. “I thought maybe there was some sort of pregnant woman ordinance.” She wasn’t throwing back shots — she was drinking water, so what exactly was the problem?

This is how the story unfolded. On Jan. 6, Michelle went Coach House Restaurant with a couple of her friends to celebrate after  her a baby shower. After only being in the bar for 15 minutes, a bouncer approached Michelle and told her she had to leave.

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“It was a bunch of malarkey really,” Michelle said. “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.'”

Even though she was only drinking water (her friend had just ordered a shot), the bouncer told Michelle, ”’If anything happened to you here, we would be responsible.'”

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Law enforcement in the town said Michelle should not have been escorted out. “That is not acceptable behavior,” Terry O’Neill, the president of the National Organization for Women, added. “We live in a country where people feel increasingly empowered to make decisions for pregnant woman.”

Michelle is now considering hiring an attorney to sue Coach House. We think she has a pretty solid case going for her. Pregnant woman are allowed to be out and about in society. It’s not a contagious disease, after all.

– Lindsey DiMattina