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NPR examines the shackling of women in labor and childbirth

NPR recounts chilling tales by women who were shackled during labor and childbirth, and reports on the ongoing efforts to end this practice.

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Breaking News: Pennsylvania Passes Law against Shackling Pregnant Women

Pennsylvania is poised to become the tenth state to restrict the shackling of pregnant women in labor or childbirth, once the governor signs the bill.

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State Commission Says Neglect Caused Death of Pregnant Woman in Jail

The New York State Commission of Correction has issued a scathing report on the death of a pregnant woman in an Onondaga County jail, finding that competent medical attention would have saved her life.

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Going to Jail Shouldn’t Mean Losing Your Rights…Or Your Life

An estimated five percent of the one million women incarcerated each year are pregnant when they enter jail. Cases of fatal medical neglect of incarcerated pregnant women highlight the need for protecting their health, rights, and lives.

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AMA Opposes Shackling Pregnant Women in Labor

The American Medical Association takes a stand against shackling pregnant women in labor.

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Remembering Rhonda Copelon, Champion for Human Rights

Rhonda Copelon, feminist scholar, human rights advocate, legal innovator

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Washington State Says No to Shackles on Women during Labor and Childbirth

Washington becomes the seventh state to limit the shackling of pregnant women in prison.

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Pennsylvania Bill to Limit Shackling of Pregnant Women Advances

Pennsylvania makes progress on bill to limit the shackling of imprisoned women during labor and childbirth

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Washington State Bill Would Limit Shackling of Pregnant Women (Updated Feb. 14)

Washington State could become the seventh state to enact a law limiting the shackling of imprisoned women during labor and childbirth; legislative hearing on Monday, January 18

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Understanding the Opposition

New Activist Resource Kit demystifies conservative opposition to reproductive justice.

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