HARTFORD- – In response to a failure to meet medical standards of care for a pregnant inmate at York Correctional Facility, NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut joins calls demanding justice for Tianna Laboy, and issued the following statement:
“The State of Connecticut has a responsibility to provide adequate medical care to all inmates, and it is clear that the system blatantly failed Tianna Laboy. It is unconscionable that any pregnant individual be forced to give birth in their cell without medical support, let alone be denied prenatal and postpartum care while under the supervision of the state,” said Liz Gustafson, State Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut. “As the Department of Correction (DOC)’s internal investigation concluded, York Correctional failed to provide proper medical assistance for Tianna Laboy, and we strongly support demands for the Attorney General’s Office to provide justice.”
“Access to humane, adequate healthcare and support for those who are pregnant while incarcerated is integral to reproductive freedom. Connecticut has a long history of fighting to protect and expand reproductive rights and freedom, which means we must ensure all individuals can access essential sexual and reproductive health care services, especially those whose bodily autonomy is already limited due to incarceration. In the United States, as the number of incarcerated women, particularly women of color, is rapidly increasing, health inequities and an alarming maternal mortality crisis exacerbates the need for correctional facilities, our healthcare system and our state to do better. It is imperative that facilities implement and follow robust policies to meet women’s specific healthcare needs and prevent further negligence and harm.”
“Tianna’s experience is not one that took place in a vacuum- but is illustrative of a system that is built upon punishment, not rehabilitation. When a state correctional facility fails to comply with medical standards of care, especially when there are repeated reports of pain and concern surrounding a pregnancy, they are deliberately endangering the health of the individual and their child. Incarcerated pregnant people must be provided quality, comprehensive prenatal, birthing, and postpartum care, and the state must take swift action to provide Tianna Laboy justice that is long overdue.”
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About NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut, Inc.
The legislative arm of NARAL works to pass pro-choice legislation and defend against anti-choice legislation at the State Capitol, believing strongly that all women have the right to access the full range of reproductive choices including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion.