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Roundup: Tennessee May Amend Constitution to Allow for Anti-Abortion Laws

TN state flag, photo by euthman

Tennessee steps closer to a constitution that doesn’t protect a right to abortion; Arizona has a new anti-abortion law; Filippino president risks ex-communication for reproductive health bill; and the reproductive health needs of women in prison.

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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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Behind Bars for Being Pregnant and HIV-Positive

While some states do criminalize HIV exposure, a U.S. District Judge does more than this – he imprisons a woman for the mere possibility that she might transmit HIV in the future.

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