What is the Women’s CARE Act?
RestoreHER’s National Dignity Campaign contains two pieces of legislation:
WCA contains three main points:
- A pregnancy test must be provided within 72 hours of arrest, allowing the woman to bond out with a positive result.
- If a pregnant woman is convicted and sentenced to prison, the sentence is deferred at least 12 weeks postpartum to allow for adequate perinatal care, proper nutritional nourishment, safe infant delivery, breastfeeding, family bonding, and care for their newborn babies.
- Maintain records on statistics of incarcerated pregnant women and their outcomes in correctional facilities in states across the nation, in order to maintain the safety of babies and their mothers.
With a bill like this in place, we have the capacity to limit childhood trauma and behavioral problems. There is potential for greater safety for women detained in the Georgia Department of Corrections and local jails.
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