Governor Patterson signed a bill into law yesterday in New York State that outlaws the shackling of pregnant incarcerated women.
The anti-shackling law, signed Wednesday, requires correction officials statewide to transport pregnant women and those who have just given birth without using handcuffs and leg irons unless the inmate poses a major flight risk.
This is a big step forward to protecting the rights of pregnant incarcerated women. There has been a push to eliminate this practice of shackling, spearheaded by the Rebecca Project for Human Rights, a really great organization. Hopefully more states will follow suit.
For more on the practice of shackling pregnant incarcerated women, read Anna Clark’s piece over at RH Reality Check.
But does that mean that they’re still shackled while giving birth? That quote just specifies transport.