The shackling of pregnant women is inhumane. Although widely regarded as an assault on human dignity as well as an unsafe medical practice, women prisoners are still routinely shackled during pregnancy and childbirth. HB 1294 would require correction facilities to use the least restrictive restraint necessary when a woman is in the second or third trimester of pregnancy. It also requires that pregnant women must not be restrained while in labor, recuperating from delivery, or dealing with a medical emergency related to their pregnancy. If an incarcerated woman is pregnant or has recently given birth, county jails and correction facilities must ensure proper prenatal care, mental illness assessment and therapeutic treatment for postpartum depression, access to a certified doula service, and educational material related to pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and parenting. 

Authors

Rep. Rita Fleming

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Signed by governor

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Support