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[PASSED] - Improving infant nutrition

Postby Simone Republic » Tue Oct 03, 2023 7:39 pm

Motivation

The last breastfeeding resolution was #491 and that was long repealed.

Note that between Draft 1 (which solely deals with breastfeeding) and Draft 3 (which deals with nutrition in general), there is an expansion in scope to cover say sapient species that do not breastfeed as well as households (including human households) where breastfeeding is not possible for any reason. This takes into account significant text contributions from the commentators below. So the wording has been revised quite considerably.

The definitions refer to "specific species". If your sapient species is a car (apologies again to Herby below), then I assume you feed on petrol/electricity/etc., so this resolution applies only to sapient species where nutrition is required. Note that I have not chosen "health/healthcare" because although it does improve health outcomes, having full nutrition seems to me to be a fundamental right that fits civil rights better. It is presumed that WASP will determine that, for humans, that breastfeeding is better for nutrition, but there is also a provision to educate to reduce discrimination against anyone who cannot breastfeed.

Category: civil rights/mild.

Last call draft

The World Assembly,

Asserting that providing full and proper nutrition to infants of some sapient species has been scientifically validated to be beneficial to the said infants, with improved outcomes in overcoming childhood diseases, intellectual development and overall physical health; 

Noting that, for some members of certain specific species, breastfeeding may be beneficial to both the infants and to the provider(s) of breast milk, while for others, formula milk or other nutritious products may provide a better (or only) alternative;

Further noting that, innate prejudices and misunderstandings are still prevalent in some WA states and that feeding friendly environments may not be available and impede the promotion of proper feeding for infants of certain members of specific species; hereby


  1. Defines:

    1. "Breastfeeding" to mean the practice of feeding milk or other tissue discharged by the usual biological processes of the breastfeed provider to their infants (such as the pumping of milk for later storage and feeding);
    2. "Feeding" to include feeding methods such as breastfeeding plus the provision of formula to an infant;
    3. "Formula" to mean formula milk or (depending on specific species) other scientifically validated, full nourished, and sanitary nutrition, whether produced naturally or through technological means, required for the survival and full and proper development of infants of specific species;
    4. "Government(s)" to mean governments of each WA state, including sub-national governments;
    5. "Hygienic space" to mean a convenient, accessible, comfortable, sanitary, private and enclosed, environment that facilitates feeding and is free of charge at the point of use;
    6. "Specific species" to mean inhabitants of WA states that belong to sapient species where feeding is beneficial to the overall health of their infants, as determined by WASP;
    7. "WAHQ" to mean the WA Headquarters;
    8. "WASP" to mean the WA Scientific Programme;
    9. References to "such as" are merely as examples only;
  2. Requires WASP to:

    1. Conduct ongoing research and provide updated relevant information for distribution to all WA states on proper feeding techniques as well as the use of formulas (including any new improvements to formulas) and the benefits to specific species;
    2. Educate inhabitants of specific species the need to provide full and proper nutrition to infants, either directly or through the governments of individual WA states through such means as WASP deems appropriate;
    3. Provide guidelines on maintaining sanitation and hygiene in "hygienic spaces", subject to the physical constraints of each WA state;
  3. Requires that government(s):

    1. Ensure that all facilities owned by governments, as well as all medical facilities (operated by a government or otherwise) in all WA states should provide, as soon as reasonably practicable and where physically possible, "hygienic spaces", as long as the WA state has a significant portion of its legal inhabitants belonging to a "specific species";
    2. Prohibit employers established in WA states from discriminating against anyone directly or indirectly on the grounds that time is required during working hours for feeding, and to impose such penalties as the said government proscribes, subject to due process of law;
    3. Provide attractive incentives for employers and owners of private property to provide "hygienic spaces", through such measures that the relevant government(s) deems necessary;
    4. Prohibit discrimination against any inhabitants on their choice of feeding methods, and to impose such penalties as the said government proscribes, subject to due process of law,
    5. Educate their own inhabitants against prejudices in feeding methods, such as discriminating against members of a certain sapient species that cannot breastfeed;
    6. Make widely available, through itself or through other providers, such as pharmacies and supermarkets, viable formula for purchase by any inhabitants of specific species;
  4. Clarifies that:
    1. Terms not defined in this resolution shall be defined by WASP;
    2. The competent authorities of a government are responsible for the implementation and interpretation of this resolution;
    3. The WA Office of Building Management is responsible for providing convenient, private and enclosed "hygienic spaces" WAHQ and other offices of committees, bodies and organs of the WA, and the availability of such spaces to adequately satisfy the needs of every member of a "specific species" working at WAHQ or the said other offices.


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Postby Cessarea » Tue Oct 03, 2023 9:20 pm

Minister Feathers-of-Burgundy wrote:
The World Assembly,

Asserting that breastfeeding of babies of some sapient species ("specific species") is scientifically validated to be beneficial to the babies and to the provider(s) of breast milk, with improved outcomes from childhood infections, diseases, intellect and overall physical health; 

Believing that innate prejudices and misunderstandings are still prevalent in some WA states and that a breast-feeding friendly environment is conductive to the promotion of breastfeeding;


  1. Hereby defines:

    1. "Breastfeeding" means the practice of directly feeding milk produced by the "breastfeed provider" (merely as an example, for humans and bears, a mother) [REASONING: contention surrounding the definition of mother, inclusion of trans men capable of breastfeeding] to their babies (including the pumping of breast milk for later storage and feeding, if applicable);
    2. "Government(s)" means governments of WA states, include[ing] sub-national governments;
    3. "Hygienic space" means a convenient, accessible, spacious, hygienic and (if desired by the particular WA state, private) environment that facilitate[s] breastfeeding that [and is] is free of charge at the point of use;
    4. "Specific species" means inhabitants of WA states that belong to sapient species where breastfeeding is beneficial to the overall [condition? health?] of their babies, in accordance with the determination of the WHA;
    5. "WHA" means the World Health Assembly;
  2. Hereby [REASONING: repetition. Further instances will be altered] mandates that:

    1. The WHA to conduct [conduct. REASONING: grammatical cohesion with the presupposed sentence in each Article: "mandates that". Further instances of this will be corrected] ongoing [continuous] studies into, and compiles from time to time updated relevant information for distribution to WA states on, breastfeeding and the benefits (if any) to specific species;
    2. The WHA to promote [promote] breastfeeding to specific species, either directly or through the governments of individual WA states through such means as [any means] the WHA deems appropriate;
    3. The Office of Building Management ensure that the World Assembly Headquarters, including, specifically, [REASONING: unnecessary] its numerous bars, shops and publicly accessible areas, and offices and facilities of WA bodies across the multiverse provide "hygienic spaces" adequate for the needs of all ambassadors and staff members with breastfeeding needs;
  3. Hereby requires that:


    1. Government facilities, such as, merely as examples, [REASONING: example implied by the use of "such as"] schools, government offices, libraries and other community facilities, and all medical facilities (regardless of whether such facilities are operated by a government or by another organization) in all WA states should provide, as soon as reasonably practicable and where physically possible, "hygienic spaces", as long as the WA state has legal inhabitants that are part of a "specific species";
    2. Governments and employers established (or incorporated) in WA states may not discriminate against ["]breastfeeding [REASONING: coherence with previously defined term "breastfeed provider", art. 1, paragraph a] provider(s)["] directly or indirectly on the grounds that time is required during working hours for breastfeeding;
  4. Hereby encourages that:

    1. Governments provide incentives for employers and owners of private property to provide "hygiene spaces", through such measures as [any measures] it [they. REASONING: nominal concord with "governments". Further instances corrected] deems necessary;
    2. Governments conduct promotional campaigns to encourage breastfeeding, if it [they] deems this to be beneficial to the inhabitants of that particular WA state;
    3. Governments make widely available, either through itself [themselves] or through other providers, such as, merely as examples, [REASONING: example implied by the use of "such as"] pharmacies and supermarkets, viable alternatives to "breastfeed provider(s)" if they are unable to breastfeed for any reason.

The Minister, setting his red and gold pens aside, placed the heavily annotated version of the draft on top of his desk, and weakly pointed to it. Mustering some strength, he simply stated:

"Draft. Proposed alterations. Take. See if agree. Need rest."

The Minister sank into the chair and became unresponsive. His large, oval eyes - usually glowing in a uniform blue - went completely black, and began to display the symbolic sun of the Cessarean flag slowly drifting from corner to corner. Pendantic Bureaucrat, his advisor, tried to shake him into alertness, but to no avail. He asked for the help of nearby gnomes to lift the Minister into the proper resting chambers for tired legislators. It took a surprisingly small amount of gnomes to get the job done: at most 6. The one charged with carrying the Minister's head was particularly unkind to him; on his way out it was shoved by accident into nearby chairs and desks, and the rest of his body was equally mistreated and battered into obstacles. Still, Feathers-of-Burgundy slept away peacefully.
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Postby Simone Republic » Thu Oct 05, 2023 3:08 am

Cessarea wrote:
Minister Feathers-of-Burgundy wrote:
*snip*



I changed most things. The "hereby" repetition was dropped from some of my resolutions but there were complaints about it being hard to read if the word is dropped, so I've recently re-introduced it.

"Such as" and "such as, merely as examples" are (for me anyway) not the same thing, as the former may imply that the author has a preference for those items, adding "merely as examples" indicate that the author does not. In this case it doesn't matter so I dropped them.
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Postby Queroquestan » Thu Oct 05, 2023 3:34 am

Status of Queroquan WA Ambassador : AGAINST

Why?

The Ambassador thinks that,

Breastfeeding means the feeding of mother's milk to her child/children. Also, the Ambassador agrees that breastfeeding is necessary for their infants for providing necessary nutrients that they cannot have from the grown-up's foods. The Ambassador also agrees that mother can do anything for their very own child, not worrying about the situations. But, the reason for opposing the proposal is that breastfeeding cannot and must not be done in the public, from offices to police duty, from schools to restaurant, etc. You may think that the Ambassador's decision is affecting the civil rights. But keep the rights aside, think of the safety the women needs from the past to today. The big problem is that citizens is of two types :- Good and Bad, as usual. What if the future or present-criminals commit sexual assault with the women in the public, despite the law is being passed, because only the governments and employers are restricted from this act. And about governmental programs, the Ambassador agrees with the program, but it will be as a joke for some citizens, because the government is encouraging that thing which is more private. So, after whole evaluation, the proposal is opposed (4 problems) and abstain (3 benefits)

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Postby Tinhampton » Thu Oct 05, 2023 4:09 am

This is not a complete proposal. Simone is allowed to edit his proposal in the drafting stage to say that voyeurism of breastfeeding women in public is not allowed. Would the Queroquan delegation be more willing to support this proposal if such a change was made, or is their position irreversible regardless of what changes are made?
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Postby Queroquestan » Thu Oct 05, 2023 5:05 am

Tinhampton wrote:This is not a complete proposal. Simone is allowed to edit his proposal in the drafting stage to say that voyeurism of breastfeeding women in public is not allowed. Would the Queroquan delegation be more willing to support this proposal if such a change was made, or is their position irreversible regardless of what changes are made?

The Queroquan WA Ambassador says,

Queroquestan strictly opposes the full nudity. The voyeurism and the act of breastfeeding is opposed by the WA Delegation and the law (unrevealed) of Queroquestan. But, the whole proposal is about promoting breastfeeding. So, it will be very hard for Simone to gain the delegation's support. Though the nation supports breastfeeding of infants, because Queroquan law allows every women to take care their child or infants. Do not focus on my amendments, focus on the women's rights and safety, both.

Therefore,

Queroquan support to the Articles :- 3a, 3b, 4a, 4c

Queroquan opposes to the Articles :-

    4b. :- Governments cannot force or encourage breastfeeding because they are affecting the women's rights and, most importantly, safety. The proposal may not help the women to protect against the sexual assaulters, because this act is not included at all. Will the governments want their female citizens to breastfeed in public, especially during working hours? The women knows their own child. If no nutritious products are available, they can conduct breastfeed to their infants. There's no need for campaigning.

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Postby Elyreia » Thu Oct 05, 2023 2:52 pm

Queroquestan wrote:
Tinhampton wrote:This is not a complete proposal. Simone is allowed to edit his proposal in the drafting stage to say that voyeurism of breastfeeding women in public is not allowed. Would the Queroquan delegation be more willing to support this proposal if such a change was made, or is their position irreversible regardless of what changes are made?

The Queroquan WA Ambassador says,

Queroquestan strictly opposes the full nudity. The voyeurism and the act of breastfeeding is opposed by the WA Delegation and the law (unrevealed) of Queroquestan. But, the whole proposal is about promoting breastfeeding. So, it will be very hard for Simone to gain the delegation's support. Though the nation supports breastfeeding of infants, because Queroquan law allows every women to take care their child or infants. Do not focus on my amendments, focus on the women's rights and safety, both.

Therefore,

Queroquan support to the Articles :- 3a, 3b, 4a, 4c

Queroquan opposes to the Articles :-

    4b. :- Governments cannot force or encourage breastfeeding because they are affecting the women's rights and, most importantly, safety. The proposal may not help the women to protect against the sexual assaulters, because this act is not included at all. Will the governments want their female citizens to breastfeed in public, especially during working hours? The women knows their own child. If no nutritious products are available, they can conduct breastfeed to their infants. There's no need for campaigning.


"The Elyreian delegation believes that, in such a case, laws that already protect women from criminal activities such as voyeurism, harassment, or violence, would come into play. As such, while one certainly could include language to further enforce the safety of one performing these acts, it is not the purview of this proposal to legislate on criminal activities such as these. Likewise, we have a firm belief that if the primary argument against the resolution at this time is that it may encourage or invite harassment or violence against the women participating in the activity, that perhaps the opposition need to review their own safety and protection laws. To blame the victim of causing a crime is a fallacy - none control the actions of the criminal but themselves, and it is their failing, not the victim's, that has caused the incident.

"The Elyreian delegation would be in favor of this legislation, barring any legalities or notes of technical importance brought up by following delegations, which we will review as they arise."

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Postby Desmosthenes and Burke » Thu Oct 05, 2023 4:47 pm

OOC: Please pardon the pedantry but:

1c. defines a hygienic space as being hygienic. Is there a way to substitute a word or phrase that would be less glaringly circular? Also, is there any particular reason the space needs to be "spacious" as opposed to merely "adequately sized"?
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Postby Cessarea » Thu Oct 05, 2023 5:14 pm

Desmosthenes and Burke wrote:OOC: Please pardon the pedantry but:

1c. defines a hygienic space as being hygienic. Is there a way to substitute a word or phrase that would be less glaringly circular? Also, is there any particular reason the space needs to be "spacious" as opposed to merely "adequately sized"?

Pedantry is always welcome in the WA :p

I agree with both complaints, and I'd suggest "sanitary" or "uncontaminated" as substitutions for "hygienic". More simply, we could just go for "clean".
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Postby Simone Republic » Thu Oct 05, 2023 8:09 pm

All answers in one go, as usual.

Desmosthenes and Burke wrote:OOC: Please pardon the pedantry but:

1c. defines a hygienic space as being hygienic. Is there a way to substitute a word or phrase that would be less glaringly circular? Also, is there any particular reason the space needs to be "spacious" as opposed to merely "adequately sized"?


I changed it to "comfortable" as I was thinking about multiple-specie use.

Tinhampton wrote:This is not a complete proposal. Simone is allowed to edit his proposal in the drafting stage to say that voyeurism of breastfeeding women in public is not allowed. Would the Queroquan delegation be more willing to support this proposal if such a change was made, or is their position irreversible regardless of what changes are made?


I deliberately said "if desired by the particular WA state, private," because some WA states in theory don't even allow clothes (that's a NS optional game policy) and I try not to write against our multi-verse.

Yes, I know GA bans the death penalty but the game allows it, but anyway.

Queroquestan wrote:
Tinhampton wrote:This is not a complete proposal. Simone is allowed to edit his proposal in the drafting stage to say that voyeurism of breastfeeding women in public is not allowed. Would the Queroquan delegation be more willing to support this proposal if such a change was made, or is their position irreversible regardless of what changes are made?

The Queroquan WA Ambassador says,

Queroquestan strictly opposes the full nudity. The voyeurism and the act of breastfeeding is opposed by the WA Delegation and the law (unrevealed) of Queroquestan. But, the whole proposal is about promoting breastfeeding. So, it will be very hard for Simone to gain the delegation's support. Though the nation supports breastfeeding of infants, because Queroquan law allows every women to take care their child or infants. Do not focus on my amendments, focus on the women's rights and safety, both.


I amended the wording slightly to "if the government(s) of the particular WA state desires, private" so you are free to make sure it's private in your own WA state. Again, please note that wearing clothing is not actually mandated by the GA and NationStates allows states to enforce nudity anyway and I try not to write against the game itself.

Cessarea wrote:
Desmosthenes and Burke wrote:OOC: Please pardon the pedantry but:

1c. defines a hygienic space as being hygienic. Is there a way to substitute a word or phrase that would be less glaringly circular? Also, is there any particular reason the space needs to be "spacious" as opposed to merely "adequately sized"?

Pedantry is always welcome in the WA :p

I agree with both complaints, and I'd suggest "sanitary" or "uncontaminated" as substitutions for "hygienic". More simply, we could just go for "clean".


I went with "sanitary". "Clean" is probably a lower standard come to think of it.
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Postby Herby » Fri Oct 06, 2023 5:39 am

Realistically, there are so far only two types of sapient species in the GA: humans and bears

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Postby Simone Republic » Fri Oct 06, 2023 8:38 am

Herby wrote:
Realistically, there are so far only two types of sapient species in the GA: humans and bears

Ehhhhh wait wait wait what what WHAT???? Tell me you haven’t been paying attention without telling me you haven’t been paying attention.


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"I, fortunately, if I do say so myself, am neither human nor a bear," says Raxes, clicking his mandibles much like you would expect of a man more akin to an insect, "But as to the draft; the Sovereignty has no objection to its intent or purpose, barring a single point, upon which hinges, the entire text; we will elaborate upon before discussing the draft in-depth."

He chitters considerately. "In short, we question why this need be promoted at all? It is, sometimes, a convenient option for those that are capable, and for those that are not, they don't exactly have a choice in the matter. Assuming proper formulation of feeding products, there is no grand benefit to this. Further, we are concerned that an undue, and it is undue, focus on breastfeeding specifically as opposed to the more widely capable alternative runs deeply into the risk of creating or reinforcing a culture wherein those incapable of such are seen as poor parents, and where those that are, are seen as having an obligation to do so, regardless of circumstances. And, indeed, potentially reinforcing greater stratification of gender, among those species wherein gender is generally an indicator of the ability, within a given society, especially those wherein the matter remains endemic. We cannot support this unless Clause 2.b is removed, and the proposal retitled.

Moving on; 1.a. 'other tissue'? Perhaps embrace a more specific definition, if you mean to account for exotic biologies, at present, this can be read to require the World Assembly to promote, infants cannibalizing their parents. I know your delegation happens to have such legislation on the mind, but I do recommend compartmentalization.

2.a is similarly, not a grand idea, in the eyes of the Sovereign, but ongoing study is not necessarily negative, and while the WHA is... opaque, in its operations, there is no particular reason to presume bias on its part on any matters. This is an acceptable point to us, but we simply don't see much reason to carry out eternally ongoing study on matters which can be very easily determined conclusively. Surely there's better uses of the General Fund?

Lastly, while the draft, 'encourages' Member-States to, and we will speak frankly, subsidize private entities' compliance with basic accessibility laws, which is itself, wildly distasteful, it also does not require that private facilities make themselves accessible in such manner as State facilities are required to. In other words, in a wide variety of Member-States, this proposal does, absolutely nothing of note. Private businesses which would otherwise be covered by law, should not be excluded from it by simple virtue of being privately owned."
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Postby Simone Republic » Fri Oct 06, 2023 10:56 pm

Second Sovereignty wrote:He chitters considerately. "In short, we question why this need be promoted at all? It is, sometimes, a convenient option for those that are capable, and for those that are not, they don't exactly have a choice in the matter. Assuming proper formulation of feeding products, there is no grand benefit to this. Further, we are concerned that an undue, and it is undue, focus on breastfeeding specifically as opposed to the more widely capable alternative runs deeply into the risk of creating or reinforcing a culture wherein those incapable of such are seen as poor parents, and where those that are, are seen as having an obligation to do so, regardless of circumstances. And, indeed, potentially reinforcing greater stratification of gender, among those species wherein gender is generally an indicator of the ability, within a given society, especially those wherein the matter remains endemic. We cannot support this unless Clause 2.b is removed, and the proposal retitled.


Would something like "promoting infant nutrition" be acceptable?

Yes I am trying to account for both exotic biologies in-game as well as households IRL in all combinations.

Second Sovereignty wrote:Moving on; 1.a. 'other tissue'? Perhaps embrace a more specific definition, if you mean to account for exotic biologies, at present, this can be read to require the World Assembly to promote, infants cannibalizing their parents. I know your delegation happens to have such legislation on the mind, but I do recommend compartmentalization.


Let me rephrase that. I agree with you that almost every time I log into NS it's been about cannibalism or hunting humans in blood sports.

Second Sovereignty wrote:2.a is similarly, not a grand idea, in the eyes of the Sovereign, but ongoing study is not necessarily negative, and while the WHA is... opaque, in its operations, there is no particular reason to presume bias on its part on any matters. This is an acceptable point to us, but we simply don't see much reason to carry out eternally ongoing study on matters which can be very easily determined conclusively. Surely there's better uses of the General Fund?


On the assumption that updating ongoing studies is also pretty minor in terms of costs.

Second Sovereignty wrote:Lastly, while the draft, 'encourages' Member-States to, and we will speak frankly, subsidize private entities' compliance with basic accessibility laws, which is itself, wildly distasteful, it also does not require that private facilities make themselves accessible in such manner as State facilities are required to. In other words, in a wide variety of Member-States, this proposal does, absolutely nothing of note. Private businesses which would otherwise be covered by law, should not be excluded from it by simple virtue of being privately owned."


Let me think about the wording on that.
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Postby The Pacific Northwest » Sat Oct 07, 2023 2:14 am

While breastmilk definitely has benefits, I do worry that some people in some nations may use a resolution like this to point at parents who are unable to produce breastmilk, or produce enough, and shame them for giving their babies formula instead.

Obviously that’s not an intended interpretation of this but people do use weird things to rationalize prejudice. I personally know two women who were unable to breastfeed, and their own families said they were “broken” because “real moms can feed their babies”. That’s not to mention babies that need specialized formula for medical reasons. I’ve been told by an obstetrician that the most important thing at the end of the day is that the baby is fed and there’s no shame in using formula.

If this were to pass this as is, and nations began to promote breast feeding by saying anything that could be remotely interpreted as “breastmilk good, formula bad” it could potentially be used as ammunition against those who need formula by a certain demographic.

It’s really the promotional material I’m thinking about. I can imagine it now, if ads suddenly started popping up around the US heavily promoting breastmilk and how good it is for babies, there would be an alarming number of people who would take that and go claim anyone feeding their baby formula is a bad parent. In fact I’m confident multiple members of my family would think that. Of course there’s also a group who would probably do the opposite and assert that breastmilk is somehow evil because of government propaganda but that’s another issue.

I’m not really sure how to fix that because I don’t write resolutions and don’t really know how well something like “This resolution in no way implies that formula is not acceptable to feed to a baby” would fit in lol.
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Postby The Seven levels of Heaven » Sat Oct 07, 2023 12:30 pm

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Realistically, there are so far only two types of sapient species in the GA: humans and bears

Ehhhhh wait wait wait what what WHAT???? Tell me you haven’t been paying attention without telling me you haven’t been paying attention.

As someone with a nation with sapient bears, seals, and previously penguins (as well as the countless sapient species found in this nation), this made me a little sad.

Other than that though, the draft looks good from here with the changes!
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Postby Tinhampton » Sat Oct 07, 2023 12:34 pm

The Pacific Northwest wrote:While breastmilk definitely has benefits, I do worry that some people in some nations may use a resolution like this to point at parents who are unable to produce breastmilk, or produce enough, and shame them for giving their babies formula instead...

See Article 4c.
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Postby Simone Republic » Tue Oct 17, 2023 4:45 pm

Draft 1.1 (changed for Cessarea's edits)

The World Assembly,

Asserting that breastfeeding of babies of some sapient species ("specific species") is scientifically validated to be beneficial to the babies and to the provider(s) of breast milk, with improved outcomes from childhood infections, diseases, intellect and overall physical health; 

Believing that innate prejudices and misunderstandings are still prevalent in some WA states and that a breast-feeding friendly environment is conductive to the promotion of breastfeeding;


  1. Hereby defines:

    1. "Breastfeeding" means the practice of feeding milk or other tissue produced by the "breastfeed provider" to their babies (including the pumping of breast milk for later storage and feeding, if applicable);
    2. "Government(s)" means governments of WA states, including sub-national governments;
    3. "Hygienic space" means a convenient, accessible, comfortable, sanitary and, if desired by the government(s) of the particular WA state, private, environment that facilitates breastfeeding and is free of charge at the point of use;
    4. "Specific species" means inhabitants of WA states that belong to sapient species where breastfeeding is beneficial to the overall health of their babies, in accordance with the determination of the WHA;
    5. "WHA" means the World Health Assembly;
  2. Hereby mandates that:

    1. The WHA conduct ongoing studies into, and compiles from time to time updated relevant information for distribution to WA states on, breastfeeding and the benefits to specific species;
    2. The WHA promote breastfeeding to specific species, either directly or through the governments of individual WA states through such means as the WHA deems appropriate;
    3. The WHA to provide guidelines on maintaining sanitation and hygiene in maintaining "hygienic spaces";
    4. The Office of Building Management ensure that the World Assembly Headquarters, including, specifically, its numerous bars, shops and publicly accessible areas, and offices and facilities of WA bodies across the multiverse provide "hygienic spaces" adequate for the needs of all ambassadors and staff members with breastfeeding needs;
  3. Hereby requires that:


    1. Government-owned facilities, as well as all medical facilities (regardless of whether such facilities are operated by a government or by another organization) in all WA states should provide, as soon as reasonably practicable and where physically possible, "hygienic spaces", as long as the WA state has legal inhabitants that are part of a "specific species";
    2. Governments and employers established (or incorporated) in WA states may not discriminate against breastfeed provider(s) directly or indirectly on the grounds that time is required during working hours for breastfeeding;
  4. Hereby encourages that:

    1. Government(s) provide incentives for employers and owners of private property to provide "hygienic spaces", through such measures as relevant government(s) deems necessary;
    2. Government(s) conduct promotional campaigns to encourage breastfeeding, if it deems this to be beneficial to the inhabitants of that particular WA state;
    3. Government(s) make widely available, either through itself or through other providers, such as pharmacies and supermarkets, viable alternatives to potential "breastfeed provider(s)" if they are unable to breastfeed for any reason.


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I am re-writing this to take it broader into infant nutrition rather than merely say "breastfeeding" to take into account of course gender and other differences.

The Pacific Northwest wrote:I’m not really sure how to fix that because I don’t write resolutions and don’t really know how well something like “This resolution in no way implies that formula is not acceptable to feed to a baby” would fit in lol.


Dumped to WASP to avoid the issue of certain non-human sapient species finding that formula works better for them.

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Queroquestan strictly opposes the full nudity. The voyeurism and the act of breastfeeding is opposed by the WA Delegation and the law (unrevealed) of Queroquestan. But, the whole proposal is about promoting breastfeeding. So, it will be very hard for Simone to gain the delegation's support. Though the nation supports breastfeeding of infants, because Queroquan law allows every women to take care their child or infants. Do not focus on my amendments, focus on the women's rights and safety, both.


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In general I'd leave it to the states to decide if they want nudity in the streets or not, it's really not the WA's responsibility to regulate whether anyone chooses to wear clothing in their home state.

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It also suits better with NationStates itself permitting nations to ban clothing altogether.

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Moving on; 1.a. 'other tissue'? Perhaps embrace a more specific definition, if you mean to account for exotic biologies, at present, this can be read to require the World Assembly to promote, infants cannibalizing their parents. I know your delegation happens to have such legislation on the mind, but I do recommend compartmentalization.



Changed to "other tissue discharged by the usual biological processes" which is a line I lifted from my own resolution on cannibalism.
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Postby Simone Republic » Sat Oct 28, 2023 2:00 am

Ic

Bump on the WA Halloween themed bumper.

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I am still looking for feedback on whether this promotes breastfeeding and also covers cases such as anyone with a mastectomy or parents who cannot breastfeed as well as IC "sapient species" issues.

As I am a cisgender heterosexual male IRL, any thoughts on the first two points would be particularly appreciated.
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Postby Simone Republic » Fri Nov 03, 2023 8:23 pm

Minor revisions and bump. The revisions are now Draft 3.

Draft 2 below.

Draft 2

The World Assembly,

Asserting that providing full and proper nutrition to infants of some sapient species ("specific species") is scientifically validated to be beneficial to the infants, with improved outcomes from childhood infections, diseases, intellect and overall physical health;

Noting that, for some members of certain specific species, breastfeeding may be beneficial to both the infants and to the provider(s) of breast milk, while for others, for various reasons, formula milk or other nutritious food products may provide a better (or only) alternative;

Also acknowledging that, in some WA states, innate prejudices and misunderstandings are still prevalent in some WA states and that a feeding friendly environment is conductive to the promotion of proper feeding and hence improve infant nutrition for the specific species or certain members of specific species; hereby


Defines:

"Breastfeeding" to mean the practice of feeding milk or other tissue discharged by the usual biological processes of the "breastfeed provider" to their infants (including, merely as examples, the pumping of milk for later storage and feeding, if applicable);
"Feeding" to mean breastfeeding plus the provision of formula to an infant;
"Formula" to mean formula milk or other fully nourished, proper and sanitary nutrition required for the survival and proper development of infants of specific species;
"Government(s)" to mean governments of WA states, including sub-national governments;
"Hygienic space" to mean a convenient, accessible, comfortable, sanitary and, if desired by the government(s) of the particular WA state, private or enclosed, environment that facilitates feeding and is free of charge at the point of use;
"Specific species" to mean inhabitants of WA states that belong to sapient species where breastfeeding, or the provision of full and proper nutrition through other means such as formula, is beneficial to the overall health of their infants, in accordance with the determination of WASP;
"WASP" to mean the WA Scientific Programme;
Requires that:

The WASP conduct ongoing studies into, and compiles from time to time updated relevant information for distribution to WA states on breastfeeding and the use of formula (including any ongoing technological improvements to formula(s)) and the benefits to specific species;
The WASP promote offering full and proper nutrition to infants of specific species, either directly or through the governments of individual WA states through such means as WASP deems appropriate;
The WASP to provide guidelines on maintaining sanitation and hygiene in maintaining "hygienic spaces";
The Office of Building Management ensure that the World Assembly Headquarters, including, specifically, its numerous bars, shopping facilities and publicly accessible areas, and offices and facilities of WA bodies across the multiverse provide "hygienic spaces" adequate for the needs of all ambassadors and staff members with feeding needs;
Hereby requires that:


Government-owned facilities, as well as all medical facilities (regardless of whether such facilities are operated by a government or by another organization) in all WA states should provide, as soon as reasonably practicable and where physically possible, "hygienic spaces", as long as the WA state has legal inhabitants that are part of a "specific species";
Governments and employers established (or incorporated) in WA states may not discriminate against anyone directly or indirectly on the grounds that time is required during working hours for feeding;
Encourages that government(s):

Provide incentives for employers and owners of private property to provide "hygienic spaces", through such measures as relevant government(s) deems necessary;
Conduct promotional campaigns to encourage providing sufficient nutrition to infants;
Formulate regulations to prevent discrimination or prejudice against any inhabitants on their choice of feeding methods;
Make widely available, either through itself or through other providers, such as pharmacies and supermarkets, viable formula for any specific species desiring the said provisions.
Clarifies that terms not defined in this resolution shall be defined by WASP.
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Postby Simone Republic » Fri Nov 17, 2023 12:48 am

Please note also that category 4 is now "required" although it's pretty mild.

Final call.
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Postby Wallenburg » Thu Nov 23, 2023 11:09 am

"I struggle to imagine how my own home state would comply with this requirement without violating the bodily autonomy of its female inhabitants. Surplus milk digestible to infants is not produced at nearly sufficient scale to render it 'widely available', unless the Independent Adjudicative Office is partial to interpreting that as 'available only in the widest sense'. Further, it disgusts but does not surprise me that the authoring delegation seeks a World Assembly mandated extension of the capitalist scourge over something as vital as infant nutrition. The survival of infants is not something to be commodified. My office will be voting against this for putting a price tag on infants' lives."
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Postby The Ice States » Thu Nov 23, 2023 12:00 pm

Wallenburg wrote:"I struggle to imagine how my own home state would comply with this requirement without violating the bodily autonomy of its female inhabitants. Surplus milk digestible to infants is not produced at nearly sufficient scale to render it 'widely available', unless the Independent Adjudicative Office is partial to interpreting that as 'available only in the widest sense'. Further, it disgusts but does not surprise me that the authoring delegation seeks a World Assembly mandated extension of the capitalist scourge over something as vital as infant nutrition. The survival of infants is not something to be commodified. My office will be voting against this for putting a price tag on infants' lives."

"Ambassador, could that clause not reasonably be interpreted as only requiring member nations to produce artificial milk-equivalents, as included in the definition of 'formula', should they be unable to produce sufficient breast milk to make it 'widely accessible'? While this concern is not unreasonable, I do not believe that the issue is one which cannot reasonably be avoided based on the text of the resolution."

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Postby Wallenburg » Thu Nov 23, 2023 12:33 pm

The Ice States wrote:
Wallenburg wrote:"I struggle to imagine how my own home state would comply with this requirement without violating the bodily autonomy of its female inhabitants. Surplus milk digestible to infants is not produced at nearly sufficient scale to render it 'widely available', unless the Independent Adjudicative Office is partial to interpreting that as 'available only in the widest sense'. Further, it disgusts but does not surprise me that the authoring delegation seeks a World Assembly mandated extension of the capitalist scourge over something as vital as infant nutrition. The survival of infants is not something to be commodified. My office will be voting against this for putting a price tag on infants' lives."

"Ambassador, could that clause not reasonably be interpreted as only requiring member nations to produce artificial milk-equivalents, as included in the definition of 'formula', should they be unable to produce sufficient breast milk to make it 'widely accessible'? While this concern is not unreasonable, I do not believe that the issue is one which cannot reasonably be avoided based on the text of the resolution."

"I know that chemists and the like have attempted artificial substitutes for feeding infants, but all have met with horrific consequences. There are good reasons that distribution of such concoctions as alternatives to milk has been widely prohibited across the southern part of the continent."
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