In June 2010, the American Medical Association adopted a resolution to prohibit the shackling of women who are incarcerated during labor, referring to the practice as “barbaric” and “medically hazardous.” Some correctional facilities have policies prohibiting this practice, 18 states and the Federal Government limit or prohibit the shackling of pregnant, laboring, and postpartum women who are incarcerated.
New legislation (SB 393) would begin to address the often demeaning and harmful practice of shackling pregnant women who are incarcerated in Wisconsin. The bill also works to restrict the placement of pregnant women in solitary confinement, which is a particularly troubling practice that can be used to punish pregnant women.
In addition, the new bill addresses other important maternal health issues that are of particular importance to women and adolescent girls who are incarcerated, such as access to mental health treatment, pregnancy and STI testing, continuity of care for opioid addiction treatment, access to doula services, and the ability of postpartum women to maintain an active supply of breast milk.
Let your legislators know you support policy that ends the shackling of pregnant who are incarcerated and restricts the placement of women in solitary confinement!
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