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.
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.
The American Medical Association takes a stand against shackling pregnant women in labor.
Brazilian women have seen important setbacks in regard to access to abortion in recent years. A clear turning point was September 2005, when a law aimed at reforming existing punitive legislation on abortion was presented to the Congress without the required support of the executive branch.
As health care reform goes from law to policy, contraceptive services and supplies need to be fully covered under “preventive healthcare.”
Rhonda Copelon, feminist scholar, human rights advocate, legal innovator
Washington becomes the seventh state to limit the shackling of pregnant women in prison.
Pregnant women in the U.S. have a greater risk of dying from pregnancy or childbirth related complications than women in 40 other countries around the world. It’s past time to fix this.
Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli sent a letter to state college presidents and other officials last Thursday telling them that the state’s public colleges don’t have the authority to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Today the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders and the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression called on the Ugandan Parliament to drop its proposed “anti-homosexuality” bill now awaiting a vote.