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.
For the first time ever, a bill to improve conditions for pregnant women in jail and prison, including strict limits on shackling, has been voted out of committee in the Massachusetts Legislature. For a decade, the bill was introduced by a member of the House and assigned to the Judiciary Committee, from which it never emerged. This session, the bill was also introduced by a member of the Senate and assigned to the Public Safety Committee, which held a hearing in December and voted the bill out of committee on Friday, Feb. 14.
A prison doctor investigated by the California medical board after ordering tubal ligations without state approval is responsible for hundreds of other inmate sterilizations, The Center for Investigative Reporting has found. Read more for the horrifying story.
The Senate Judiciary Committee in one of those states, Iowa, has changed a bill setting limits on shackling to one that charges the Department of Corrections with making rules on shackling. Independent scholar and reproductive justice advocate Rachel Roth explains the impact of the proposed bill.
In case you missed it, reproductive justice scholar and advocate Rachel Roth has a news roundup on what's going on with anti-shackling efforts in several states
This article, co-written by Birthing Behind Bars coordinator Victoria Law, examines the treatment of mothers and children incarcerated in the United States and Argentina; it discusses the strategies of resistance, activism and advocacy adopted by imprisoned mothers in both countries and subsequent changes in law, policy and practice.
Kudos to President Obama , for signing the bill to end the shackling of pregnant women in immigration detention centers
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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