Two Wisconsin lawmakers introducing bill to restrict shackling of incarcerated pregnant women
Two Wisconsin lawmakers are introducing a bill to restrict shackling of pregnant women while they're incarcerated.
Senator Lena Taylor and Representative Lisa Subeck are sponsoring the legislation.
They say since 2011, at least 40 women in Wisconsin have been shackled while giving birth.
This includes tying their wrists to their waist with iron shackles on their legs.
The bill provides for maternal support services to reduce the need for costly medical services like cesarean sections.
The bill also expands screening for STI's which can prevent mother to child transmissions through early detection and treatment.