10 Apr '12, 2pm

Florida Ends Shackling Pregnant Inmates In Labor | Care2 Causes

Florida Ends Shackling Pregnant Inmates In Labor | Care2 Causes

It’s unusual to hear of good news from the war on women coming out of Florida, but there is some. Last week Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed a bill that establishes humane and uniform rules for the treatment of pregnant women who are incarcerated in any jail, prison or detention center in Florida. Women’s health advocates are calling the bill historic since it is the first of its kind in the South. The legislation was sponsored by state Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa and Rep. Betty Reed, D-Tampa. A similar bill was introduced last year but couldn’t pass a final vote in the House. Among the protections guaranteed to pregnant women who are incarcerated are prohibitions on shackling women while they are in labor an d a series of best practices for treating women at every stage of pregnancy. The need for the legislation became apparent when Florida received an “F” for its shackling p...

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