Yesterday, the House Appropriations committee voted to limit the use of shackles on pregnant women, since shackling has been shown to increase the risk of harm to the fetus. This vote is in response to an uptick in shackling of pregnant women since the beginning of Trump’s zero tolerance policy.
This vote was a step in the right direction, but it is not enough by far. Until the Trump administration changed the rule in December 2017, people who were in their third trimester of pregnancy or beyond could not be detained; instead they were sent to facilities that could provide acceptable medical care. Since 2017, ICE has detained hundreds of pregnant immigrants at all stages of pregnancy, and according to reports is providing them little to no care. Women have reported that they miscarried due to abuse and negligence by ICE officers.
We must continue to fight for humane treatment of detainees – call your reps to let them know.
Action: Protect Pregnant Immigrants from ICE
Remember to log your calls here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1
Sen. Patty Murray: (202) 224-2621, (206) 553-5545
Sen. Maria Cantwell: (202) 224-3441, (206) 220-6400
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: (202) 225-3106, (206) 674-0040
Rep. Adam Smith: (202) 225-8901, (425) 793-5180
“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [ZIP]. I am disturbed by ICE’s detainment and treatment of pregnant immigrants – people in their third trimester are being held without proper medical care, and some have reported abuse. I was heartened to hear of the House Appropriation Committee’s vote yesterday to restrict use of shackles on pregnant women, but it is not enough. Please do all you can to protect pregnant immigrants from being detained and abused.”
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