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Global Human Rights Clinic

2014

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The Shackling Of Incarcerated Pregnant Women: A Human Rights Violation Committed Regularly In The United States, University Of Chicago Law School - Global Human Rights Clinic, Chicago Legal Advocacy For Incarcerated Mothers, Aclu National Prison Project Jan 2014

The Shackling Of Incarcerated Pregnant Women: A Human Rights Violation Committed Regularly In The United States, University Of Chicago Law School - Global Human Rights Clinic, Chicago Legal Advocacy For Incarcerated Mothers, Aclu National Prison Project

Global Human Rights Clinic

The international human rights community has repeatedly expressed concern about the shackling of pregnant women deprived of their liberty in the United States. The federal government has adopted an anti-shackling policy and some states have passed laws or policies restricting shackling. Despite these positive developments, shackling of women prisoners continues to occur in violation of U.S. and international law.

Shackling pregnant women increases the substantial medical risks of childbirth. Shackling of pregnant women is a harmful, painful, and demeaning practice that is rarely necessary to preserve safety. Most female prisoners are non-violent offenders, and women who are pregnant, in labor, …


Replacing Myths With Facts: Sex-Selective Abortion Laws In The United States, University Of Chicago Law School - Global Human Rights Clinic, National Asian Pacific American Women’S Forum, Advancing New Standards In Reproductive Health Jan 2014

Replacing Myths With Facts: Sex-Selective Abortion Laws In The United States, University Of Chicago Law School - Global Human Rights Clinic, National Asian Pacific American Women’S Forum, Advancing New Standards In Reproductive Health

Global Human Rights Clinic

Sex selection is the practice of attempting to control the sex of one’s offspring in order to achieve a desired sex. One method of sex selection is sex-selective abortion. Laws banning sex-selective abortion are proliferating in the United States. Eight states have enacted laws prohibiting sexselective abortion. Twenty-one states and the federal government have considered such laws since 2009. Those laws prohibit the performance of an abortion if sought based on the sex of the fetus and provide for both criminal and civil penalties in most cases.

A great deal of misinformation exists regarding sex selection in the United States. …