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Vetoed: A Bill That Would Ban Shackling Pregnant Inmates During Labor

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Granted, it's hard to get inside the head of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to glean his thought process. But really, how could anyone possibly veto a bill to stop the deeply troubling practice of shackling pregnant female inmates in labor and during childbirth?

A California bill prohibiting the shackling of female inmates during childbirth is vetoed by the governor
A California bill prohibiting the shackling of female inmates during childbirth is vetoed by the governor

Karen Shain, policy director for the California group, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, wrote in an opinion piece in SFGate: "This veto is particularly mean spirited and only serves to support the stereotype that incarcerated women are dangerous and must be subdued at all times. During these horrendous budget times, when there is a steadily shrinking safety net, AB1900 was an inexpensive solution to a human rights problem."

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Rachel Zimmerman previously reported on health and the intersection of health and business for Bostonomix.

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