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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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Long Past Due: Constitution Protects Women in Prison from Unsafe Shackling During Childbirth

Last week a federal Court of Appeals held for the first time that the Constitution protects pregnant women in prison from unnecessary and unsafe shackling during labor and childbirth. Our video answers FAQs on shackling.

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The Common Ground Honor Code

Despite its worthy mission,
the White House common ground agenda needs some serious tweaking. There
is a need to reframe the agenda in a larger discourse of honoring motherhood
and honoring the sacredness of women and girls’ lives.

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