What is the Women’s CARE Act?
The Women’s CARE Act (WCA) is a historic bill that offers Childbirth Alternatives, Resources, and Education aimed at family unification, safety, and dignity to babies and their mothers in states across the nation. The Women’s CARE Act has the capacity to limit childhood trauma and behavioral problems.
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 until 12 weeks postpartum to allow for prenatal and postpartum 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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