abby's law question... just curious...

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Regular Member

Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 237
   Posted 8/4/2009 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
hi ya'll! i love this site. i live in hicktown, alabama and and the police/authorities around here sometimes (OK often) act prematurely and insensitively. pretty much if you couldn't do it in church then it's probably illegal. most recently a little old lady with incontenance issues got arrested for lewdness for urinating behind some bushes in a public park. she was headed for a restroom but couldn't quite make it. ya'll know the feeling. now i know abby's law says if a place has a bathroom (private or not) someone with medical need can use it, right? well that's a rough overview... so i was wondering if my son is in the park and his UC causes him to have to "go" right then and there and he hunkers behind the bushes and drops his pants rather than pooping in them, and get's arrested... is there any legislation that would prevent him from being formally charged or convicted?

Veronica (27), mommy to Chris (3.5 yr old, diagnosed november 2007 with left sided UC) and Emily 10 months
Chris current meds:
 Prevacid, Prednisone 20mg now tapered to 10 mg every other day
 Pentasa 1000mg
 Culturelle 1x daily
 Imuran 25mg

Post Edited (Chris'sColon) : 8/4/2009 8:17:08 AM (GMT-6)

Elite Member

Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 23551
   Posted 8/4/2009 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
As far as I know, public defacation is still not legal regardless of the circumstances. Abby's law just states we have the right to use restrooms public or private. However, if the circumstances were as you stated (you son going outside) then a judge would probably just throw the case out especially if you were given a statement from the GI. Unless the judge is totally heartless, I wouldn't see this as an issue.
Moderator for Allergies/Asthma and Co-moderator for UC
~Left sided Uc-'92-Colazal(9 daily),6mp(50-100mgs),Bentyl, Prilosec,Biotin,Forvia,Pro-Bio**Unable to tolerate ALL mesalamines**~Allergies-Singulair, Zyrtec~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome-'04-Norvasc~Sacroiliitis~bulging and herniated discs C5/C6 & C6/C7~Epidural injections (2 series of 3), OA-Celebrex, Tylonel Arthritis and Voltaren Gel
To help Healingwell - click here: DONATE


Regular Member

Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 191
   Posted 8/4/2009 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I live in MN and we have a statute that protects us. I carry a card in my wallet that says (roughly) "anyone holding this card has a medical condition that prevents them from getting to the bathroom on are required by law to let them use yours -- public or private..."
22 years old

Diagnosed with moderate/severe UC June 2007, I've had it since December 2006.

Haven't been on here in a while (finally graduated college).
Update as of 5/26/09 - Now taking Imuran 100mg/day.
2 Lialda/day.
Vitamins - Caltrate+D, iron, A, B12,
Flintstone Complete+iron, and aloe vera pills/juice.
At least I'm off the Entocort. =]

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 2105
   Posted 8/4/2009 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, that's illegal just about anywhere. Any human being should understand though once they learn of the circumstances. Those laws are put into place for the idiots out there that do that stuff for no other reason than to just do it.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Golimumab study (100mg every 4 weeks)
L-Glutamine 5000 mg + 600 mg pyridoxal alpha-ketoglutarate
Probiotis/VitD3 5000IU+Ca/1000mg DHA

Elite Member

Date Joined Mar 2003
Total Posts : 10407
   Posted 8/4/2009 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
As an alternative to the hassles of public pooping, many people use adult incontinent garments (diapers.) They are much less bulky than they used to be, and can usually be concealed by your clothing.

When I was flaring, I used to always have a complete change of clothes with me, just in case.
Ulcerative colitis forum co-moderator
Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001.
Flared for 5 years, finally in remission with Remicade since March 2006.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroids.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. 
"My life is an ongoing medical adventure"

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Wednesday, September 19, 2018 5:42 AM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 3,004,546 posts in 329,153 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 161744 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, csorthofeet.
241 Guest(s), 5 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Gemlin, JNF, ceebs13, Lightlife, Mamatomypeas