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In written testimony, Lehner and co-sponsor state Sen. Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood, said shackling pregnant women puts them at risk of falling and doing so during labor and delivery can delay medical care.
“This legislation is the first step to ensuring incarcerated women in Ohio are given the dignity, health and safety they deserve,” the senators said.
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In January, President Donald Trump signed bipartisan criminal justice legislation that includes a prohibition of shacking pregnant prisoners in federal custody.