President Obama signed the Babies Act on Friday, making it a requirement for baby changing stations be made available in all bathrooms of public buildings, even the men’s room, thereby enabling dads to change diapers too.
It’s only in public buildings for now, so when you’re out in public but at a private chain restaurant, for example, you might still find yourself out of luck.
The bill is called the Bathrooms Accessible in Every Situation Act and it was introduced in April by Rep. David Cicilline and co-sponsored by 26 other Democrats and one Republican. It received bipartisan support in the Congress.
In 2015, Ashton Kutcher famously spoke about the lack of changing tables in men’s restrooms and launched a Change.org campaign to call for businesses to implement them, moving New York state Sen. Brad Hoylman to introduce a bill one month later that would require public buildings and other “places of public accommodation” to include changing stations in men’s bathrooms.