Activists in California have been pushing hard to pass a piece of legislation, California Bill AB 1900, that would outlaw the shackling of pregnant incarcerated women in CA prisons.
The bill was particularly good because it also covered shackling during transport to appointments as well as labor and delivery. It had overwhelming support, as most of these bills have had, but Governor Schwarzenegger decided to veto the bill.
It’s a big disappointment, but the good news is there will be a new Governor in California come November and folks can try again.
Read more in this op-ed from one of the advocates of the bill.