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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers are moving closer to a change in state law that could send women to prison for going topless in public.

A bill headed to a vote in the North Carolina House would insert language into the state’s indecent exposure law to expand the definition of private parts to explicitly include female nipples. Depending on the situation, such exposure could be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or as a Class H felony, punishable by up to 6 months in prison for first-time offenders.

Davidson County Republican and co-sponsor Rep. Rayne Brown told members of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that her constituents were concerned after topless rallies promoting women’s equity were held the last two years in Asheville. The bill leaves in place an exception for breastfeeding mothers.

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2/13/2013 12:13:43 PM (GMT -5:00)

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  • Vog46

    We’re legislating vaginal wands – considering extensive laws costing millions for a sex trafficking problem that we don’t know the scope of – $64M for a privately owned stadium and now naked breasts?

    Is this the “breast” the legislature could do?
    Sorry had to get that “off my chest”

    Go ahead ChefnSurf – your turn


  • SurfCityTom

    you’re missing the opportunity here.

    A female, with significant health issues and no health insurance, pops the equipment out; gets cited to qualify for the felony; goes to prison and gets her health care issue taken care of at the taxpayers’ expense.

    The breast is yet to come.

  • guesty

    Just make it illegal for any woman that weighs more than 160 to go topless.


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