Posted by: Heather Coleman | April 29, 2013

#HAWMC Day 25: What I Learned About Ally’s Law

Restroom Sign
Today I’d like to introduce you to another amazing Health Activist named Carly who blogs about her experience with the chronic illness, Crohn’s disease. By reading her blog, I was introduced to Ally’s Law (or the Restroom Access Act) which would allow people with IBD or other medical emergencies the right to use employee only restrooms in stores that do not offer public facilities.

Unitl now, I had no idea that the need for this law existed or that since 2004, only 13 states [Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and Washington] have passed the Restroom Access Act. That is a mere 26% of the United States. As Carly clearly states in her blog post, “this is unacceptable“.

It truly is a matter of dignity and I ask you to put yourself in another person’s shoes or in this case, pants, and imagine what you would do if you were denied access to a restroom when you needed it the most.


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