Thank you to everyone who attended the 6th Annual LegislateTHIS! Day of Action this year. Our work would not be possible without your continued support and lasting commitment to building a Southern reproductive justice movement. You can view our keynote speakers’ addresses by visiting the following link. We look forward to seeing you out at the Capitol next year!
We will no longer be rendered invisible. We will no longer be silent.
The Georgia 2013 Legislative Session has already begun. In order to ensure that our policy priorities are met, we need to continue to mobilize, inform and demand policies that reflect our commitment to realizing freedom, dignity, and justice.
This year, our legislative imperative is to end the inhumane practice of shackling pregnant women who are incarcerated during transport, labor, delivery, and recovery. In coalition with medical providers, incarcerated women, activists, organizational partners, and elected officials, we are working diligently to pass The Giving Birth in Safety and Dignity Bill, which will help ensure dignity, wellness, and safety for women, children, and families in our state.
We will also continue to challenge policies that mandate that our bodies and sexualities are dangerous and should be regulated and controlled while shifting policy priorities toward a more just society. With your support, we are sure to make the changes we need to build a better, more liberatory community in Georgia!
Shawanna Nelson was sentenced to six years in prison for credit card fraud and bad checks, she was 5.5 months pregnant at the time she was incarcerated. When she went into labor at the hospital her legs and arms were shackled to her bed despite the presence of an armed guard.