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"When I was in bed, I was begging the sheriff, 'Please let me free -- at least one hand,' and he said, no, he didn't want to," Juana Villegas said in an interview with a local Nashville television station. She was describing the experience of being shackled to her hospital bed as she went into labor. Villegas gave birth in the sheriff's custody, after she was stopped by local police while driving without a valid license.
Like Villegas, Alma Chacon, and Miriam Mendiola-Martinez gave birth in the United States shackled to their hospital beds, without their husbands, and in the presence of a prison guard. They also were not violent criminals, but rather, they were all undocumented and charged with an immigration-related offense in Sheriff Arpaio’s jurisdiction of Maricopa County, Arizona.
Shackling during childbirth is illegal in 14 states and is against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy. But women being held for immigration-related offenses classified as "criminal offenses" can still legally be handcuffed to their hospital beds by state authorities in the 36 other states. Those women can also be denied the right to have a family member in the birthing room, or to hold their newborns for longer than 24 hours.
Alma Chacon and Juana Villegas, while residing in Arizona and Tennessee respectively, gave birth under similiar circumstances. Chacon was detained for a non-violent criminal offense and shackled to her hospital bed. Chacon was allegedly not allowed to nurse or hold her baby until she was released from immigration custody almost 70 days later when she gave birth in .
Originally posted by Heartisblack
Hell no.........as for this woman, I am speechless that she would be forced to give birth in these conditions.
Originally posted by Human0815
i have some data on my hd about reports from us citizen
who gave birth in a cell with no medical help,
not even other people for a support,
not even hot water!
in us-prison you have no human rights as all,
human right groups expect that every year 3-4.000 people die
because of a denial of needed medications!
star and flag because it is a important topico!
Originally posted by SalientSkivvy
Terrible for the woman yes, but the child? The most infulencial moments of a persons life is moments after birth.
This must certainly screw up the children... I'd call it child abuse.
8 And the word of the LORD came again to Zechariah: 9 “This is what the LORD Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. 10 Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’ 11 “But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and covered their ears.
3 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place. 4 Do not trust in deceptive words and say, “This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD!” 5 If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, 6 if you do not oppress the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, 7 then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your ancestors for ever and ever. 8 But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless.
Originally posted by Quadrivium
Sorry, I do not see the problem here.
When you knowingly break the law then you know there will be consequences. If the mother and child were not physically hurt -no harm no foul.
Many of you need to dry your eyes and bandage your bleeding hearts.
Originally posted by xxcalbier
humm a imaginary line crossed and that is all the reason you need to want genside .
You know I have been on ATS a long time and over the years Just like the goverment you say you hate so much you advocate more and more violence . Almost every post I read its I would kill them 50 cal and a wall.
those cops ever tryed that I would kill kill .
This government is only doing what you seam to want SOOOOOO badly or maybe your real problem is they are not killing enough to sastifi your blood lust.
Personally I think its the people who are sick and until they cure them self's don't expect your government to do any better after all your government is YOU!!!!!!