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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Breast-feeding student to reschedule exam, wait for court ruling

(Michele McDonald/Globe Staff)

Sophie Currier with her white coat and her baby.

By Globe Staff

Sophie Currier, the Harvard medical student who sued because she wanted time to pump breast milk during a licensing exam, will postpone taking the exam, her lawyer said Wednesday.

Currier had planned to take the exam this week after Massachusetts Appeals Court Judge Gary Katzmann ordered that she should get the extra time. But a three-judge panel of the court on Tuesday stayed Katzmann's order, promising a ruling by next Wednesday.

Carol Thomson, a spokeswoman for the National Board of Medical Examiners, said, "The next step for us is to await their conclusion."

She noted that Currier could take the exam under normal conditions or reschedule.

Christine Collins, Currier's lawyer, said Currier planned to reschedule so she could see how the court ruled.

"We're fairly confident that the judges are going to affirm Judge Katzmann's decision and order," she said.

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