Widely-Supported California Bill to End Shackling of Pregnant Women in Prison Faces Possible Veto
This article is cross-posted with permission from Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice.
Over the past two years, I have worked alongside an amazing group of women to pass a common-sense bill for California moms. Assembly Bill 568 (Skinner) would limit the use of shackles on incarcerated pregnant women to the least restrictive restraints possible.
Translation: It would end the use of belly chains, leg irons, ankle restraints and other barbaric shackling devices that are used on pregnant women in jails and prisons across our state. Yes, shackles reminiscent of slavery are still being used on pregnant women as far long as 8 ½ months.
Medical professionals agree that it’s time for a change.