Jane Corwin, GOP Candidate In NY-26, Favored Shackling Pregnant Inmates

Posted by | May 13, 2011 14:42 | Filed under: Top Stories

Jane Corwin was one of only a few New York assembly members who wanted to continue to allow prison guards to shackle women as they give birth (via Think Progress). It’s amazing that this inhumane treatment existed anytime in recent centuries.

In 2002, Jeanna M. Graves, early in a three-year term on a drug conviction and pregnant with twins while in Bedford Hills, needed an emergency Caesarean section. Ms. Graves said that in the hospital, she was cuffed to the gurney by the corrections officers. The doctors gave her an epidural anesthetic, which blocks sensation in the abdomen and around the pelvis.

“I was cuffed through the entire C-section,” Ms. Graves said.

And Corwin is being heralded by the GOP as the “freedom” candidate.

Yesterday, FreedomWorks — a front group run by corporate lobbyists like James Burnley and Dick Armey — enthusiastically endorsed Corwin, telling Tea Party activists that she embodies a “freedom” agenda. It’s true, Corwin does support “freedom” for corporations to avoid taxes. But when it comes to basic human rights, she seemed to have no problem placing metal cuffs on pregnant women as they tried to give birth.

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