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Prisons Often Shackle Pregnant Inmates in Labor
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Two hundred babies are born each year to incarcerated mothers. Most states mandate restraints on the women at all times except during the actual delivery. Corrections officials say they must strike a balance between security and the well-being of the ... Read More


I think it's horrible.

Most of these women appear to be escorted by guards, and I don't know of a hospital that has a maternity ward on the first floor, so it's unlikely they'd escape by either walking out the door or a window.

I don't have children, yet, but I can tell that I would want to be as comfortable as possible during the process. Restraining women who are in labor is cruel.

I read this less than 24 hours after giving birth, and was almost moved to tears. The whole practice sounds absolutely inhumane and barbaric. No one can make a break for freedom while in labor! Shackling a woman who's having contractions is horrific and degrading.

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