Dignity isn’t a privilege, it’s a right. Across the country, women are placed in solitary confinement during pregnancy and shackled during childbirth.
Both sides have acknowledged that we need to change the inhumane, unequal, and unjust policies around how incarcerated women and incarcerated pregnant women in Pennsylvania are treated. Now with HB1419, we have a real chance to take a positive step toward restoring humanity and dignity to women behind bars in PA.
If passed, HB1419 will:
- Ensure that incarcerated women in PA are not longer subject to invasive strip searches or harmful interactions with male corrections personnel.
- Allow incarcerated parents to maintain their family relationships by allowing children under the age of 18 to see their parents at least two times a week.
- Change the way pregnant women are treated while incarcerated, including ending the use of restraints and restrictive housing throughout the entirety of the pregnancy including before, during, and after labor.
- Ensure that pregnant women are given proper food and dietary supplements, and allow for a newborn baby to remain with their mother for up to 72 hours post delivery.
- Provide a sufficient supply of feminine hygiene products at no extra cost to the women who require and request these items.
With your help, we can send a message to Pennsylvania state representatives: no incarcerated woman should be neglected or deprived of their fundamental rights and dignity.