California: Stop Shackling Pregnant Women!

from Legal Services for Prisoners with Children:

Guess what's on the governor's desk ready for his signature? AB2530, a bill that restricts the barbaric practice of shackling pregnant women held in California jails and prisons.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) opposes the use of shackles on pregnant women in all but the most extreme circumstances. Pregnant women in correctional facilities are more likely to experience miscarriage, preterm birth, low birth weight infants, and potentially fatal conditions like preeclampsia. Excessive shackling could not only increase stress and lead to further complications, but also render doctors unable to treat women in emergency situations. AB 2530 provides medical professionals the authority to have restraints removed in order to treat pregnant inmates.

Please join us in saying "Governor Brown, sign this bill and stop shackling!"

Last year Brown vetoed a similar bill under pressure from the California State Sheriffs' Association (CSSA). The new bill addresses Governor Brown's veto with clarifying language. It sailed through the California legislature with unanimous bi-partisan support. With your help we can get this bill signed and move on to the work of making sure its enforced!

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