Obama mandates baby-changing stations in men’s and women’s restrooms

It’s about to get a bit easier for dads toting young children to visit public buildings, thanks to a new law signed Friday.

The Bathrooms Accessible in Every Situation (BABIES) Act mandates that all restrooms in public buildings – both men’s and women’s – be outfitted with diaper changing stations. The new legislation, which passed 389 to 34 in the House of Representatives, with support from both sides of the aisle, and passed unanimously through the Senate before reaching President Obama’s desk, serves as an indicator of how parental roles are changing and how the law is catching up.

“Government needs to do more to ensure that public buildings are family friendly. No mom or dad should ever have to worry about finding a safe, sanitary place to change their baby – least of all in a federal building that’s paid for by taxpayers,” Rep. David Cicilline (D) of Rhode Island, who introduced the bill, said in a statement. “The BABIES Act is a commonsense proposal that makes government buildings more welcoming for families and helps promote good public health.” READ MORE.