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State Bills Aim to End Practice of Shackling Pregnant Inmates

The shackling of pregnant women who are incarcerated or detained is a practice that is permitted in most states.

So far this year, lawmakers in at least five states have introduced legislation to prohibit the practice of shackling pregnant inmates.

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Wisconsin Lawmaker Seeks Change to ‘Fetal Protection’ Law

The 2-1 ruling requires crisis pregnancy centers disclose whether they have licensed medical providers at their facilities.

A Wisconsin lawmaker is pushing to change a law known as the “cocaine mom” act, in light of a high-profile case in which a pregnant woman was provided fewer legal protections than her fetus.

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Enforcement of Abortion Laws Violates Human Rights

The consequences of criminalizing abortion are severe and reason for alarm.

Ipas’s recent research in Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, Malawi, and Rwanda provides concrete evidence of the human rights violations that result when law enforcement investigates, arrests, and imprisons women who have abortions.

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From Coercive Prisoner Sterilizations to State Abortion Restrictions: How Reproductive Justice Eludes Women of Color

West, a former medical assistant at Kermit Gosnell's "house of horrors" clinic in West Philadelphia, has been sentenced to five to ten years.

Aggressive attempts to restrict women’s health-care options, which range from shutting down abortion clinics to coercing women inmates to become sterilized, reveal the long, seemingly unattainable arc toward reproductive justice for women of color.

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Iowa State Senator Seeks to Add Abortion Restrictions to Anti-Shackling Bill

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Sorenson believes that the anti-shackling bill should be amended to “prohibit state resources being used to facilitate or perform abortions on female inmates held in state or county custody.”

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Hope Ankrom and Amanda Kimbrough: Victims of Alabama’s Personhood Agenda

Amanda Kimbrough. (123 People)

I have grown to hate the term “judicial activism” because it is frequently used by conservatives to criticize court decisions they simply don’t like. Still, there are few alternative phrases that accurately describe the Alabama Supreme Court’s decision in the consolidated cases of Amanda Kimbrough and Hope Ankrom, two women who were swept up in the Alabama judiciary’s zeal to promote an anti-choice personhood agenda by redefining the word “child” in Alabama’s chemical endangerment statute, so that it now applies to pregnant women who uses any amount of controlled substances, whether prescribed by a doctor or not.

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New Study Shows Anti-Choice Policies Leading to Widespread Arrests of and Forced Interventions on Pregnant Women

(The Guardian)

Our new study makes clear that post-Roe anti-abortion and “pro-life” measures are being used to do far more than limit access to abortion; they are providing the basis for arresting women, locking them up, and forcing them to submit to medical interventions, including surgery.

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California Anti-Shackling Law Awaits Brown’s Signature

photo courtesy of jeaneeem via Flickr

The California legislature unanimously passed a bill banning the use of restraints on pregnant women. Will the governor sign it?

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Unchain My Heart: The Shackling of Pregnant Women in Prison Needs to Stop

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We thought passing our antishackling bill would be easy. After all, who would want to be seen arguing that pregnant women should wear chains?

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Tragedy in El Salvador: Church-Supported Laws Lead to Death of Mother Jailed After Miscarriage

El Salvador today is not a good place to be a woman. In 1998, the government passed a new Penal Code creating a complete ban on abortion. No exceptions. And now with the pregnancy police combing hospitals, even women with miscarriages are going to jail.

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