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Maryland SB 809

Maryland SB 809

2019 Maryland Chapter 324

This law, signed by the governor on April 30, 2019, requires every correctional facility to have a written policy in place regarding the medical care of pregnant people that addresses the use of medical isolation or restrictive housing for certain purposes, during pregnancy and during a certain post-pregnancy period. It establishes that a pregnant person may not be involuntarily placed in restrictive housing, including involuntary medical isolation or the infirmary, with certain exceptions—including if “a certain managing official makes a certain determination; etc.”

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Keywords: women, prenatal, post-partum, health care, health counseling, restraints, transportation, labor, delivery, recovery, legislation.