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Society & Culture  (tags: women, pregnant women, prenatal protection laws, rights violations, imprisonment of pregnant women, human rights, women's rights, Wisconsisn, South Dakota, Minnesota, Oklahoma )

- 1976 days ago -
Alicia Beltran of Jackson Wisconsin wanted to do what's best for her unborn child. But that goal got her arrested. During a prenatal visit she told her doctor about a past addiction she'd overcome. Even though her tests were good, she was punished anyway.


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Carole Sarcinello (338)
Friday October 25, 2013, 6:14 pm

Thanks for another petition I've proudly signed, Susan!


Davida P (283)
Friday October 25, 2013, 6:14 pm
Signed and cross posted! Thanks for posting this.

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Friday October 25, 2013, 7:09 pm
Signed. Thanks Carol for the forward. Thanks Susan.

Animae C (508)
Friday October 25, 2013, 7:21 pm

# 17
12 50 pm Oct 26
AniMaeChi ..

Thanx Just Carole for forwarding.

Tamara Hayes (185)
Friday October 25, 2013, 7:29 pm
Noted, signed with disgust, twittered, fb and google shared. Thanks Susan for posting this and Just C for the forward. This is beyond outrageous!

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Friday October 25, 2013, 7:37 pm
Thank you! (s, n, p, t)

Friday October 25, 2013, 8:38 pm
This is so wrong. Signed and left a heated comment on the petition.

Jim P (3247)
Friday October 25, 2013, 10:22 pm
A pregnant woman does not belong in prison. Prisons are an unhealthy place where violence is a common occurrence. Diets in prisons are very poor and lacking in healthy nourishment so vital for both the Mother and her baby. The surroundings in prison creates an unhealthy environment often causing depression. Medical facilities are often second rate or even lacking in some prisons.

The fetal protection laws must be changed or otherwise eliminated.

Prison is an unfit place for an expectant Mother.

Ty, Susan, petition. & "C" forward.

Jim P (3247)
Friday October 25, 2013, 10:32 pm
Whoops - looks like I signed the petition twice and looks very strange.

Oct 25, 22:20 # 24

Oct 25, 22:19 # 25 This is what I submitted with the above words in comment box
at 10:22 pm.

I have no idea how that happened. Looks and may be a C2 "quirk". lol.

Past Member (0)
Friday October 25, 2013, 11:14 pm
Signed earlier-thx Susan

Michael C (217)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 12:22 am
Signed and noted...Just so wrong...

Arild Gone for now (174)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 2:48 am

Ben O (135)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 3:22 am

John H (344)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 5:29 am
signed and noted

Gene J (286)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 8:28 am
In a time when it is difficult enough to get pregnant women into doctor's offices for prenatal care because they lack insurance and the simple truth that prenatal care is vital for baby's, for this sort of thing to happen is just beyond the pale. I can think of several legal problems with what happened. The doctor may have been covered, as in MN he or she would be, a strict reporting law. BUT, there is no evidence, no arrest, nothing that could ever lead to a conviction and so this young woman will not go to jail, her child will not be taken from her, even temporarily if she has even half decent representation. What a waste of time and resources. And as this story gains publicity what woman will feel confident enough in her physician to disclose things that might affect her baby if such disclosure is going to cause this kind of problem. A moronic law and situation. If there had been drugs in her system, that would change the equation, but with none? No, this should not have happened. Although I have no doubt this is Scott Walker's utopian vision for Wisconsin. It simply will not withstand legal scrutiny on appeal. I guess I don't think piling stress on to a pregnant woman is a very good idea either for her or her baby. Somewhere, somehow, REASON has to be part of the process. It seems as if large parts of the country have lost their critical thinking skills and some parts never had any to begin with.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 8:38 am
Thx Susan (and C), absolutely signed. What an outrage this is, unbelievable and pre-medieval.

Ann Welton (230)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 10:03 am
Noted, signed and forwarded. Thank you Susan for posting and thank you Carole for sharing.

Deb E (63)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 10:28 am
A Federal Suit has been filed by her lawyers and it looks like this could set precedent for the many states who have laws like this one. This is just one of the many reasons why we need a Federal level of government so that people are not tromped on by those at the state level who feel they can get away with doing whatever "their morals" judge to be right. A fetal attorney ... give me a break. If a woman is breaking the law, then she can be arrested and she will need an attorney. A fetus is not a person. It cannot survive outside that woman's body. How dare they go there! And they could care less about the little person after it is out of the womb and no longer a fetus. Hypocrites. I hope she wins big in her Federal lawsuit.

Nancy M (147)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 11:05 am
Noted and signed.

Mitchell D (82)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 2:08 pm
Been there, done that, but thanks for bringing this to C2.

Thomas P (275)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 2:12 pm
Noted and signed...thanks Susan

Arielle S (313)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 2:44 pm
Isn't it interesting how with so many problems in the world, we just keep coming back to harassing women? Especially pregnant women? Signed.

Vicky P (476)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 5:28 pm
noted, signed, shared

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 5:29 pm
So much for being honest with your Dr. I agree with Jim, prison is no place for a pregnant woman. So signed.

Evelyn Z (300)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 5:35 pm
Noted & Signed. Thanks Susan, & Carole for fwd.

Heidi Aubrey (5)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 11:46 pm
I don't believe this petition. Her tests did not come back clean. Why were they testing her to begin with.

When I was pregnant, I was not tested for drug use, I had NO drug use.

Ganaisha Calvin (7)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 12:02 am
thanks for sharing

Elizabeth O (94)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 12:32 am

Athena F (131)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 1:01 am
Thank you!

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 6:22 am
thank you for signing:
Tell States to Change So-Called Fetal Protection Laws That Imprison Pregnant Women

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 10:26 am
Noted and definitely signed ~ Thank you Susan!

Bette-Ann Libin (11)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 12:36 pm
This news has completing my tour of duty as a female in the US. I am moving to Mexico December 15, 2013. in order to keep my sanity, I will disconnect from Care2Cause and bid everyone a fond anti-woman farewell of a lifetime.

We really, really, REALLY hate our women! Such repulsive venom within mind boggling vengeance the likes of which one historically recalls during the torturing/murdered of Witches.

I am outta here!

jan b (5)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 1:37 pm
Apparently, America is the land of the free....exception being women .....

norma laborie (33)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 2:51 pm

Birgit W (160)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 2:58 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 4:53 pm
Signed. #112. Noted. Thank you, Susan.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 8:58 pm
So many more ways are being found to oppress women and to try and remind them that there are some backwards males trying to erase equality for all people. A ridiculous law.

Charlene Rush (79)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 9:11 pm

How many times must we say it?


What female person doesn't get it?

Patricia H. (440)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 10:16 pm
noted, signed and shared

Jelica R (144)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 10:46 pm
Years ago, some religious zealots started advocating for legal protection of fetuses as human beings, to indirectly ban abortions, and even some high members of our government jumped on a bandwagon, catching political points. Very heated pro-contra discussion which followed was abruptly stopped when one smart lady said that, if such legal status was to be granted, her NGO will ask a court to order that all citizens' documents must be updated with estimated dates of conception, to replace birth date as a day from which legal personhood status began, and the parliamentarians who will vote for such a law must pay costs for this administrative proceedings. Since then, for more than 15 years, in high political circles not a word was said about fetus personhood law. Ya' know, politicians just hate to spend money on serfs with so many good things they can buy for themselves...
BTW, because of some glitch I could not send stars today. Susan, Carole, Angie, Jim, Arielle, Vicky, Dande, ... IOU


Dogan Ozkan (5)
Monday October 28, 2013, 2:32 am
noted and signed

Jessica O (9)
Monday October 28, 2013, 8:50 am
Signed. It seems the world is ass backward.

Kathleen R (138)
Monday October 28, 2013, 11:57 am
signed & noted

divergent revolution (309)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 3:03 pm
Done, thanks Carole
Where are they when you really need them?

Emma S (239)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 1:26 pm
Done! Thanks, Susan - sorry I missed this earlier.

Sergio Padilla (65)
Saturday November 16, 2013, 3:36 pm

James merritt jr (144)
Sunday November 17, 2013, 6:37 pm
Done, ty!!!

Past Member (0)
Monday November 25, 2013, 5:57 pm
# 7,920

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 14, 2014, 12:41 am
Oh no!!!! I wasn't the last one....

Phyllis P (232)
Thursday June 19, 2014, 11:13 am
Shame on me...I'm just getting to this sick, twisted atrocity. Noted, signed and shared on facebook.
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