Giving birth is one of the most special moments of a mother’s life. That is, unless she is forced to go through it completely alone – unsure if her baby will survive even the first minutes and hours of his or her life – in a dirty jail cell without proper medical care while being filmed…
That’s exactly what happened to Diana Sanchez.
Diana was arrested for identity theft when she was eight months pregnant. A few weeks later while in jail, she went into labor. Once she started having contractions, she begged to be taken to the hospital.
There was no answer.
After hours of painful labor, Diana realized that no one was coming to help her. She was going to have to give birth in her cell, alone. At 10:44 a.m. – more than five hours after she first asked for help – her child came into the world, not into the arms of a doctor or loving family, but into a dark, dingy jail cell.
Sadly, Diana’s story isn’t unique.
Incarcerated mothers across the nation receive the same kind of inhumane treatment every single day. At any given time, at least 8,000 incarcerated women in America are pregnant. There are no mandatory standards of care for these women, and they often wind up spending 20 hours a day in isolation.
Even worse, many pregnant women are forced to wear heavy, painful restraints that, according to the American College of Obstetricians, can harm both mother and child.
If we say we are pro-life, how do we accept a policy that risks a baby’s life? No matter what crimes these women may have committed, innocent babies certainly shouldn’t have to pay for their mothers’ mistakes.
President Trump agreed when he signed the First Step Act last December. This bill prohibits shackling of pregnant women in federal prisons. However, the majority of those pregnant incarcerated women are held at state prisons and jails – and like Diana, are still being shackled.
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American Conservative Union Foundation’s Nolan Center for Justice 9/26/2019
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