Removing Constraints on Pregnant Inmates
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There have been many controversial debates on the constraints and shackling of pregnant inmates. These issues have persisted for a very long time without any actions being done in Georgia. Recently, Georgia’s legislation introduced a bill directly towards the restraints of pregnant inmates. The bill states that, “The use of individual mechanical restraints, including handcuffs and shackles, on an inmate while she is experiencing labor or during delivery or post-delivery recovery shall be prohibited unless there is a reasonable basis to believe that the use of such restraints is necessary to prevent such inmate from injuring herself or others.” There have been many major health professional organizations like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists organization that have claimed “shackling of incarcerated pregnant women during labor, delivery, and recovery is harmful, unnecessary and undermines their responsibility to provide quality and timely maternal care.” This bill needs to be established to abide by the human moral rights and to ensure safety towards pregnant inmates. There are many reasons this bill should be placed due to the growing concerns from medical professionals, the safety of the pregnant woman and its unborn baby, social activists and communities, and pressures from the United Nations to change restraints policies. However, this bill has not been passed. Therefore, we need you to support this petition to try to get Georgia's legislation to reenter this bill in their legislative session.
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