Shackled In Childbirth

Shackled In Childbirth

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Abby Zimet

Miriam Mendiola with her son Angel, born while she was in custody.

 

Astounding stories of three pregnant, undocumented immigrant women stopped by police for minor traffic offenses and ultimately forced to give birth while chained to their beds - a practice legal in 36 states. Two of the women were in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's turf in Arizona. More here, here and here. Stephen Colbert is brilliant on the subject of the "freedom fetus" and how those "illegal resource-sucking parasites will soon be stealing jobs from American embryos."

 

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