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§42-56.3-2  Findings. –

Published: 2015

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State Affairs and Government

CHAPTER 42-56.3

The Healthy Pregnancies for Incarcerated Women Act

SECTION 42-56.3-2

   § 42-56.3-2  Findings. –

(a) Restraining a pregnant woman can pose undue health risks to the woman and

her pregnancy.

   (b) The vast majority of female prisoners or detainees in

Rhode Island are non-violent offenders.

   (c) Restraining pregnant prisoners and detainees increases

the potential for physical harm from an accidental trip or fall.

   (d) Freedom from physical restraints is especially critical

during labor, delivery, and postpartum recovery after delivery. Women often

need to move around during labor and recovery, and restraints can further

interfere with medical staff's ability to appropriately assist in childbirth or

to conduct emergency procedures.

   (e) Public health organizations have expressed opposition to

shackling pregnant women because of the dangers posed to a woman's health and


History of Section.

(P.L. 2011, ch. 68, § 1; P.L. 2011, ch. 108, § 1.)