Federal Agents' Restraint and Psychological Torture of Pregnant Immigrant Women
©Copyright 2011 by Paula J. Caplan All rights reserved
"The Supreme Court has just told women that they are second-class citizens," said my mother, Tac Karchmer Caplan, who turned 88 last Saturday. What occasioned her statement a few months ago was the United States Supreme Court's refusal to declare that women constituted a class of people who could proceed with a lawsuit based on the serious sex discrimination to which they have clearly been subjected.
Now comes new evidence that some women in this country are treated as third-class citizens or even worse. Much worse, in fact. In Texas and Arizona, some pregnant, immigrant women who have been arrested for nothing more violent or disturbing than driving a car without a license are being shackled while in labor (http://www.nationofchange.org/undocumented-pregnant-women-forced-...). The fathers of their babies were in some cases not allowed in the room while the women were giving birth. This amounts to psychological torture.