CA LAUNCHES NEW VIDEO AS PART OF CAMPAIGN TO END SHACKLING OF PREGNANT WOMEN

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It’s time for New York to end shackling!

As advocates band together to end the barbaric practice of shackling incarcerated pregnant women  in New York State,  the Women in Prison Project (WIPP)  and the Coalition for Women Prisoners are working with allies across the state to urge Governor Cuomo to sign the 2015 Anti-Shackling Bill.  To that end,  their Campaign to End Reproductive Injustice, which seeks meaningful reforms and improvements in health care for women who are incarcerated,  released a new video on December 9 entitled, “It’s Time for New York to End Shackling.”

Highlighting the stories of women who have experienced the barbaric practice throughout their pregnancies, the video is a powerful portrayal of the pain, humiliation, threat to the health and safety of both mother and child, and utter lack of respect for human dignity that women who are shackled experience at the hands of prison guards.

The new bill, sponsored by Assemblyman N. Nick Perry (D) and State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D), fortifies the existing 2009 law (which banned shackling during labor and childbirth) and extends the ban to all stages of pregnancy.

In the trailer below, Ursulina, one of the women featured in the video, shares part of her story of being shackled.

View the full video  and SHARE it on FB and Twitter and urge others to share it too.

Learn more about shackling and the 2015 legislation, and how important it is that it is signed by the Governor now.