U.S. Women Forced to Give Birth in Shackles

From Tennessee Guerilla Women's site:

(originally posted in NY Times)

Shawanna Nelson, a prisoner at the McPherson Unit in Newport, Ark., had been in labor for more than 12 hours when she arrived at Newport Hospital on Sept. 20, 2003. Ms. Nelson, whose legs were shackled together and who had been given nothing stronger than Tylenol all day, begged, according to court papers, to have the shackles removed.

Forget South Dakota! Pray you're never incarcerated! Jesus Christ!


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