I’m really glad to see the momentum building in our favor when it comes to the treatment of pregnant women in prison – but let’s remember for a second where these practices come from: they are based on the way men are treated in prison.

Women used to be a rarity in prisons and jails, a trend reversed in recent decades with the war on drugs. When women’s prisons cropped up with more frequency, many of the practices and policies that had applied in men’s prisons were simply transferred to the women.

Should anyone be shackled in prison? Is that a humane way to treat anyone, pregnant or not?

~ Abortion doula and feminist Miriam Zoila Pérez, gratified that California will ban shackling pregnant inmates, Radical Doula, October 1

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