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

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Sick of it

Posted at 12:46 PM on January 15, 2011  

Are you kidding me? I’m from Chicago and if this “lady” is hanging out at the “Roach House Inn” as it’s so appropriately nicknamed, @ 8 months pregnant…then perhaps DFACS ought to begin proceedings to take the baby as soon as it’s born! I am so sick at tired of this CRAP! Clearly a pregnant mother to be ( especially one who could go into labor any minute !! ) shouldn’t be hanging out at a place that makes the movie Roadhouse look like a disney flick!
Kudo’s for the bouncer knowing better than her!
And no I’m not some old bitty, I’m a TRUE feminist who is SICK TO DEATH of bad examples of women like this…who then will turn and take their bad behavior and turn it into some glorified injustice! When the REAL injustice is that poor unborn child and it’s irresponsible mother. I’ll bet she’s in a bar nursing her new baby before the snow melts!


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Get over it

Posted at 8:48 PM on January 15, 2011  

Just because she is in a bar does not make her a bad mom if she was drinking then yes a bad mom but out with friends who cares if she’s pregnant. When me and my husband go out to dinner we sit at the bar seating if no seats are open. Does that make me a bad mother to be???

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Sick of it

Posted at 10:48 AM on January 16, 2011  

YES IT DOES MAKE HER A BAD MOM!!! As I said you moron this is NOT your local Bennigan’s idiot! She could have very easily have gotten knocked down in one of their infamous brawls! Sounds like you shouldn’t be allowed to have children either!

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