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Shackled and Pregnant: Wis. Case Challenges 'Fetal Protection' Law

Health & Wellness  (tags: women, pregnancy, fetal protection )

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When Alicia Beltran was 12 weeks pregnant, she took herself to a health clinic about a mile from her home in Jackson, Wis., for a prenatal checkup. But what started as a routine visit ended with Beltran eventually handcuffed and shackled in government...

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JL A (281)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 5:27 pm
Sounds like an ideal case to challenge the inequitable and inhuman application of the law.

Roseann d (178)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 7:10 pm
What a bunch of wacko freaks.

Judy C (97)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 9:57 pm
This woman's right to medical confidentiality was violated, and she was denied legal representation. This whole case is a nightmare. It is a medical case, not a legal one. Way to go in the Dark Ages, Wisconsin! Thanks Freya.

TOM TREE (246)
Friday October 25, 2013, 8:03 am
W T F !!
When will this MADNESS END!?

Sarah Baker (61)
Friday October 25, 2013, 8:30 am
Small wonder people don't trust doctors or nurses.

Beth Tatum (95)
Friday October 25, 2013, 1:39 pm
THIS IS INSANE!!!!!!!!!!!

S S (0)
Friday October 25, 2013, 1:41 pm
Thank you.

Birgit W (160)
Friday October 25, 2013, 2:24 pm
Outrageous. Where did the free country of America go. It is very unhealthy to experience too much stress during pregnancy. This is just a nightmare!

Jim P (3257)
Friday October 25, 2013, 2:30 pm
The physician’s assistant at West Bend Clinic at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend, Wis. should be charged with violating the patient, Alicia Beltran, confidential rights.

Ty, Freya.

Sheri Schongold (7)
Friday October 25, 2013, 3:04 pm
The hate and desire to be the one in charge of the government, doctor's assistant and the rest of them who charged her are so bad that all the people involved in this except for Alicia, should all be jailed and sent to rehab where maybe their brains can be rewired to work properly.

Sheila D (194)
Friday October 25, 2013, 7:22 pm
Too bad these same people aren't so diligent in prosecuting abuse of children already born...

Debra G (0)
Friday October 25, 2013, 7:51 pm
I hope she sues the state big time and gets big bucks from the unrighteousness right wingers. She lost her civil rights, her job, she might lose custody ... gawd, we've become a sad country.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Friday October 25, 2013, 9:16 pm
Civil liberties violations here!

Marie W (67)
Friday October 25, 2013, 9:20 pm
The whole notion of State having power over women in this manner is heinous. I really am not sure about this woman personally- druggies are notorious for lying.

Jim P (3257)
Friday October 25, 2013, 10:41 pm
There is a petition:

News & comment:

Tell States to Change So-Called Fetal Protection Laws That Imprison Pregnant Women


Patricia N (9)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 1:23 am
If you give the fetus personhood what happens to the woman's "personhood?" These right-wing nuts want to go back to the 1950's or even further when women were actually owned by their father or husband as property and had very few rights. Young women don't realize that at one time in North America you had to get permission from your father or husband to get a driver's license, a job or even take a walk.

m nielsen (1)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 2:48 am
As a paramedic for a private ambulance company, I was frequently dispatched to the local county jail to transport women in labor. A male corrections officer always accompanied us and was frequently "in the way" of me providing medical care for the soon-to-be mother. Several times these women were shackled hand and foot. I always asked for the shackles to be removed and once had to deliver a baby from a mother whose legs were shackled together. Not fun for either me or the mother. I don't know if the baby had damage because of the shackles.

Phil P (94)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 12:46 pm
Could this be any more outrageous? Is this more of the Walker BS, evangelicals taking over or just the majority of people in Wisconsin living in the 16th Century or all of the above.

In the 1st place the clinic violated her medical privacy, the judge violated her constitutional right to a lawyer and I could go on. I hope she sues and collects $100 Million for herself and child. The only way to stop this BS is to sue and make the State pay where it hurts them most, in the pocket book. When it comes to a choice between sticking to principles and paying through the nose, principles are out the window.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 1:45 pm
Noted. Thanks, Freya.
And this, from the rightwingnuts who want a smaller gov't....and for gov't to stay out of our personal lives! They sure talk out of both sides of their mouths & expect us not to notice their b.s. This certainly infringes on the civil rights of a living, breathing human being. Have conservatives given fetuses the same rights as corporations now? Talk about backwards and upside-down. Time for a resurgence of a Women's Movement---this time we need to get those 3 states to pass the E.R.A. and solidify it federally for the protection and empowerment of all women.

reft h (66)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 4:16 pm
bizarre situation.

Susanne R (235)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 10:45 pm
If this woman wasn't concerned about her unborn child, she wouldn't have been so honest with her medical provider! Tests revealed that the baby was normal and healthy --which gives further proof that she was trying hard to do what was best for the child --which couldn't have been easy for her. The authorities went too far. Using blood tests to monitor her drug levels would have been sufficient. IMO, she was violated and her rights were violated. Women will not be treated like first-class citizens until the right-wing religious nuts and conservatives are voted out of office.

Ganaisha Calvin (7)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 11:59 pm
thanks for sharing

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 2:20 pm
Thanks Jim for sharing the petition so I didn't have to!

Past Member (0)
Monday October 28, 2013, 7:26 am

Greg K (1)
Monday October 28, 2013, 1:43 pm
She had no drugs in her system except a prescribed one. What is the penalty for in this case? This is a law out of the same jerks as Walker but it comes from before he was the chief Republican Koch sucker in the state? Notice how the law is described as poorly written etc. This is a hallmark of Koch sucker politicians writing laws. They say the law does one thing that sounds good or at least not to bad for many people but they leave lots of room for massive enforcement opportunities that allows abuse, violence and most importantly massive fundraising for Koch suckers.

Robyn Vorsa (4)
Monday October 28, 2013, 8:21 pm
Reading stories like. this makes me grateful that I
don't live in the US.

Lindsay K (6)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 9:41 am
This sounds terrible, and is likely to put women off seeking medical advice during pregnancy!
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