ACLU-PA Position: Supports
HB 900 (PN 959) would implement several measures to restore dignity to those who are pregnant and incarcerated, some of which are already in place in federal prisons, including:
- Changing the way pregnant people are treated while incarcerated, including restricting the use of restraints and restrictive housing throughout the entirety of the pregnancy, including before, during, and after labor;
- Providing free feminine hygiene and incontinence products to incarcerated individuals who require and request these items;
- Requiring trauma-informed training for all correctional staff who have contact with pregnant and post-partum individuals who are incarcerated; and
- Allowing 3 days of post-delivery bonding time with newborn child.
Check the bill's progress here.