New York Governor David Paterson promised a group of protesters yesterday that he will sign a bill that will prohibit incarcerated pregnant women from being shackled while in labor. Dozens of women, several of whom have given birth while shackled in prison, gathered outside of Paterson's office wearing handcuffs to demonstrate support of the legislation.
According to the Epoch Times, Paterson said, "the bill is trying to stop...what we think is the inhumane treatment of people who are giving birth, even if they committed a crime, even if they are incarcerated. [We want to ensure] the safety of the child."
Paterson also referenced his concern regarding a provision within the bill that grants an exception in extraordinary circumstances when it is legal to restrain a woman by one wrist to prevent her from injuring herself or others while being transported so that labor can be induced or a cesarean section can be performed. According to RH Reality Check, Paterson will work to amend this provision of the bill, but plans to sign the legislation.
The bill passed in both houses of the New York state legislature and was delivered to the Governor's office yesterday. It stipulates that "no restraints of any kind shall be used when such a woman is in labor, admitted to a hospital, institution or clinic for delivery, or recovering after giving birth."
Media Resources: Feminist Daily Newswire 5/27/09; Epoch Times 8/18/09; New York Senate S. 1290; RH Reality Check 8/18/09
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .