anti-shackling legislation introduced in Maryland & Iowa

Maryland General Assembly Delegate Jill P. Carter is one of the co-sponsors of a bill that, if passed, would prohibit the Maryland Department of Corrections from using physical restraints on pregnant women during the second or third trimester as well as during labor, transport, delivery or post-partum recovering.

It had its first hearing this past Tuesday (Feb 26, 2013). You can learn more about efforts to gain support to abolish the shackling of pregnant women and girls at:

If you want to hear how incarcerated women give birth in Maryland, see Danielle's story.

In Iowa, the House decided to table proposed anti-shackling legislation after Iowa DOC changed its policy on restraining women during labor and delivery. The Senate, however, will still be hearing anti-shackling legislation.