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Thu Oct 24, 2013, 01:22 PM Oct 2013

Shackled And Pregnant: Wis. Case Challenges ‘Fetal Protection’ Law - MSNBC [View all]

Shackled and pregnant: Wis. case challenges ‘fetal protection’ law
By Daniella Silva, NBC News


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 custody – and at the center of a first-of-its-kind federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state’s fetal protection law.

On July 2, Beltran, 28, met with a physician’s assistant at West Bend Clinic at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend, Wis., for her prenatal visit. When asked to detail her medical history, Beltran admitted a past struggle with the painkiller Percocet. But that was all behind her, Beltran said: She had been taking Suboxone, a drug used to treat Percocet dependency. Lacking health insurance and unable to afford the medication, Beltran had used an acquaintance’s prescription and self-administered the drug in decreasing doses. She had taken her last dose a few days before her prenatal visit.

According to Beltran, the physician’s assistant recommended she renew her use of Suboxone under a doctor’s supervision. After Beltran declined, she said she was asked to take a drug test, which was negative for all substances except Suboxone. Two weeks later, a social worker visited Beltran at home and told her that she needed to continue Suboxone treatment under the care of a physician, and again Beltran declined. Two days later, Beltran found police officers at her home, who arrested and handcuffed her.

According to the police report, the officers took Beltran to a hospital, where she underwent a doctor’s exam. Her pregnancy was found to be healthy and normal, her lawyers say. Police then took her to Washington County Jail to await a hearing – hours later, she was led into a courtroom, handcuffed and shackled at the ankles, where a county judge ordered her to spend 90 days in a drug treatment center.

“Alicia had no idea she was giving information to the physician’s assistant that would ultimately be used against her in a court of law,” said Linda Vanden Heuvel of Germantown, Wis., one of Beltran’s attorneys. “She should not have to fear losing her liberty because she was pregnant and she was honest with her doctor.”

At the hearing, her lawyers say, the judge told Beltran that an attorney would not be provided for her at that time but...


More: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/24/21117142-shackled-and-pregnant-wis-case-challenges-fetal-protection-law?lite

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k&r for wtf? uppityperson Oct 2013 #1
sue the fucking asses off of all of them warrior1 Oct 2013 #2
MONSTER HIPPA violation there, guys. elehhhhna Oct 2013 #12
Maybe Barton will bring this up in his Monkey Court where they are "concerned" about HIPAA. cui bono Oct 2013 #25
just so y'all know - it is HIPAA Skittles Oct 2013 #35
Thanks. Fixed. Monkey see, monkey do! cui bono Oct 2013 #37
you want I should kick your monkey ass, cui bono? Skittles Oct 2013 #38
So fucking disturbing. Not happy to see the lack of outrage here either. bettyellen Oct 2013 #3
A very red, red, red part of Wisconsin as illustrated by Glenn Grothman's "representation". Scuba Oct 2013 #4
a nighjtmare that must be stopped KT2000 Oct 2013 #5
This is obscene and those male court officers and Ilsa Oct 2013 #6
The war on women continues. So disgusting. nt DLevine Oct 2013 #7
This is where all that anti-choice evil crap leads ismnotwasm Oct 2013 #8
THIS! bettyellen Oct 2013 #9
Wow! k&r DesertRat Oct 2013 #10
I have so many problems with this Bunnahabhain Oct 2013 #11
This truly scares the crap out of me... tallahasseedem Oct 2013 #13
WTF!? Rex Oct 2013 #14
kick! DontTreadOnMe Oct 2013 #15
OMG! Rosa Luxemburg Oct 2013 #16
If it is a goal for the state of Wisconsin to discourage women ... surrealAmerican Oct 2013 #17
Saw this. Absolute insanity. n/t DirkGently Oct 2013 #18
Thank goodness we don't live in a country with socialist medicine. Gormy Cuss Oct 2013 #19
The world is rife with people that feel they have the right to make decisions ... etherealtruth Oct 2013 #20
Yep... And As Soon As Those Assholes Become Pregnant... I'll Give A Shit... WillyT Oct 2013 #21
Yes. I am not into alcohol. I am always pro baby. And I was fuckin shocked at the number of people, seabeyond Oct 2013 #27
I was shocked too laundry_queen Oct 2013 #36
What affects can a mother's stress have on an unborn baby? Xipe Totec Oct 2013 #22
That was by far the number one concern my doctor had with me. No stress. Nt seabeyond Oct 2013 #28
This is like something out of 1984 LittleBlue Oct 2013 #23
Unbelievable!!! Big K&R!! nt riderinthestorm Oct 2013 #24
I don't even understand what they arrested her for... cui bono Oct 2013 #26
If they want to prevent abortions, WHY do they punish women for not having them? raging moderate Oct 2013 #29
Furthermore, IS a drug treatment center a safe place for a baby? raging moderate Oct 2013 #32
I don't have the words Nevernose Oct 2013 #30
She did make one big mistake, using that precription that wasn't hers. Archae Oct 2013 #31
She lost her job during her for her stay, how is she supposed to provide for her child now? ck4829 Oct 2013 #33
I might be a bit more supportive of the state if... moriah Oct 2013 #34
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