Category Archives: Shackling

Undocumented Women in Custody Forced to Give Birth in Chains

The Huffington Post recently published an expose on the barbaric treatment of some undocumented women who are incarcerated while pregnant. Being shackled during childbirth is illegal in 14 states including Pennsylvania (except in cases where it is determined that the … Continue reading

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Governor Rendell Signs Shackling Ban Into Law

Senate Bill 1074, previously known as the Healthy Birth for Incarcerated Women Act, passed in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on June 29th.  The bill bans the shackling of pregnant inmates in transit to a medical facility, during labor, and … Continue reading

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Shackling Ban of Pregnant Inmates Awaits Action by PA House Appropriations Committee

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 1074, introduced by Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery), proposes banning the shackling of pregnant inmates during labor. SB1074, previously referred to as the Healthy Birth for Incarcerated Women Act, unanimously passed the Pennsylvania Senate on March 17, 2010. Subsequently … Continue reading

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Giving Birth in Chains

If you have ever had a child, think back to the day she or he was born.  Recall lying in the hospital bed and pushing to bring life into this world, or holding your newborn child for the first time.  … Continue reading

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