Brigitte Marti and Khalid Ali recently released a video that they created and produced to talk about the racial and gender injustice of shackling pregnant women incarcerated in Maryland.
One week after the Senate's unanimous vote to outlaw shackling during childbirth (and ensure minimal standards of pregnancy-related care behind bars), the Massachusetts House voted 146-0 to ban the shackling of women giving birth and establish other minimum standards for pregnant women in jail and prison. Reproductive justice scholar and advocate talks about what this means.
One month after MA governor Deval Patrick passed emergency regulations banning shackling, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed S2012, a bill prohibiting shackling *and* ensuring minimum standards of pregnancy care to people inside jails and prisons.
For the first time, policymakers in Minnesota have introduced legislation to improve pregnancy care for imprisoned women, including limits on shackling. Broad in reach, the bill applies to all prisons and jails, for youth as well as adults. Reproductive justice advocate and independent scholar Rachel Roth describes what the bill will--and won't--do.
Today, the Nevada Board of State Prison Commissioners adopted new regulations restricting the use of restraints on pregnant women and allowing those who have recently delivered babies to use a breast pump.
The health of future generations is linked to our stories of incarceration. Children of incarcerated mothers are more likely to encounter extreme poverty, trauma and grief, and to be victims of violence. Those facts demand a reconsideration of the policy of incarcerating mothers.
How does the Massachusetts bill stack up against international norms set by the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners? Reproductive justice scholar and advocate Rachel Roth does a comparison.
On February 20, 2014, the same day that Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick announced emergency regulations to ban shackling during labor and delivery, California lawmakers filed a bill banning sterilization for the purposes of birth control in all California correctional facilities. The legislation was crafted at the behest of Justice Now, which has been advocating and raising awareness about this problem since the mid 2000s.
Independent scholar and indefatigable reproductive justice advocate Rachel Roth writes about the MA governor's pledge to end the shackling of pregnant women incarcerated.
Just yesterday, for the first time in 10 years, an anti-shackling bill cleared the committee and headed to the Massachusetts legislature. Today, the governor announced that he will sign an executive order ending shackling. Read more by Marianne Bullock, lead doula of the Prison Birth Project which assists pregnant and parenting people incarcerated in western Massachusetts.
One woman's story of being shackled while being taken to the hospital during her ectopic pregnancy.
What happens after birth? Margaret, who shared her experience of pregnancy and birth in Chicago's Cook County Jail, continues her story.
I delivered my baby while serving my second prison sentence. She suffered from methadone withdrawal related to my heroin use. She was w/o a mother while withdrawing because I could only be with her for 30 hours while shackled to a bed. She was taken and I was cuffed, in the same 20 seconds before leaving the delivery room.
shackling of pregnant women can be harmful to both mother and her unborn child. Share your stories if you are someone you know is/or was affected by this awful injustice while in the criminal justice system. WORTH is currently collecting stories, we need your support. With your pledge,we can make a difference to help, BAN SHACKLING ON ALL PREGNANT WOMEN WORLDWIDE!!!!
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