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Schwarzenegger Vetoes Bill to Ban Shackling of Pregnant Women

Given the consensus that shackling pregnant women is not only unnecessary but also degrading, it was a shock to find out this morning that Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill passed by the California Legislature to end shackling of pregnant women in his state.

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Locked Up, Pregnant, and Shackled: Governor Schwarzenegger Can Unchain Them

In California’s prisons, pregnant Black women, brown women, and Asian-Pacific Islander women are chained together in a barbaric throwback to another time. But it’s here and now.

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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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Modern Day Chain Gangs: Shackling Pregnant Mothers in Georgia Prisons and Jails

“I cannot imagine a place where one might stand and have a clearer view of concentrated disadvantage based on race, class, and gender inequality in the country then from inside the walls of women’s prisons.”  Beth E. Richie

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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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A Lack of Restraints: Washington’s Anti-Shackling Efforts

Currently, Washington State policy still allows shackling of pregnant women in some cases. But advocates are pursuing legislative efforts to ensure a complete prohibition on shackling of pregnant women.

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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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(VIDEO in Spanish): Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Forces Woman to Give Birth While Shackled

Telemundo 52 recently reported on Alma Minerva Chacon, a woman who was terrorized by Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio by being forced to give birth in chains despite the pleading of nurses and other medical staff.

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