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Author Topic: Stop Shackling Pregnant Women-Call your IL State Rep Today  (Read 2403 times)

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Stop Shackling Pregnant Women-Call your IL State Rep Today
« on: April 16, 2011, 08:40:41 AM »
Please call your state representative and urge a YES vote on House

Bill 1958!  More on how to do this is below.

House Bill 1958 protects pregnant women and their infants, and

provides corrections with security guidelines and exceptions to insure

public safety. Amendment 2 made compromises to accommodate the smaller

staff of downstate sheriff departments.

   * Leg irons, belly chains and similar restraints may not be used

on pregnant women because they increase risk of harm or death to the

mother and fetus.

   * Handcuffs in front may be used on pregnant women during

transport, as long as they are not in labor or pregnancy-related

medical distress.

   * Therapeutic restraints may be used whenever needed for pregnant

inmates who are mentally ill.

   * An annual report is required to cover instances of restraints

used outside the framework, that is, when there are exceptional

circumstances. It exempts handcuffs in front used throughout

pregnancy.  We need government transparency to stop abuses.

   * Officers must be posted outside the hospital room AFTER doing a

security check and are to make periodic security checks. They may be

in the room whenever requested by medical personnel.

One of CLAIM's clients had a late-term miscarriage (at 8 ½ months)

after being brought to the hospital in a chain-belt, Chubb cuffs and

leg irons in severe medical distress. Another had a still birth after

being brought to the hospital in a chain-belt, cuffs and leg irons.

Neither was ever charged with a violent offense, but current law

permits corrections to transport women in full restraints in late

pregnancy. Two of our witnesses who submitted written testimony

suffered severe depression after going through the humiliation of

delivering their babies in the presence of male officers, and describe

this as the worst experience of their lives. Both were in pre-trial

detention for very minor offenses with no history of violence. Neither

had suffered depression after the births of their older children.

Please call your Illinois state representative. You can look up your

rep at: http://www.elections.il.gov/DistrictLocator/DistrictOfficialSearchByAddress.aspx

Put in your address and phone the Springfield office of your State

Representative, listed at www.ilga.gov. Help us stop this human rights

abuse against pregnant women!

Do not value the "things" you have in your life - value "who" you have in your life....

“Instead of thinking about what you're missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.”

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