Earlier this month, I asked my Illinois readers to contact their state representatives and ask them to support a bill to unshackle women who were in active labor. A partial victory today because the bill passed!
Sadly the bill passed in an amended state, which limits the unshackling to just Cook County.
I'm hoping to get an interview with Gail Smith, executive director of Chicago Legal Aid for Incarcerated Women, to discuss what this victory means, what percentage of women this will cover and what's next.
CLAIM blogged a bit about the politics that went into getting the bill as far as it has come. Next up the Senate!