“What’s unsuitable with the showering fits?” (News)

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Final December, the Trump administration quietly reversed an Obama-era directive that prevented Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers from detaining pregnant ladies besides in excessive circumstances, altering the coverage to stop holding solely ladies of their third trimester. “We offer [detained pregnant women] with prenatal care, we offer them separate housing, we offer them specialists, we are going to take them to appointments if they should go elsewhere, we offer them counseling,” mentioned Homeland Safety Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in Could. But in a disturbing investigation printed Monday, BuzzFeed News has discovered that to not be the case, detailing the tales of a number of ladies who say they had been ignored, roughly dealt with, shackled across the stomach, and denied pressing medical care — whilst they had been miscarrying their youngsters.

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Jennye Mariel Pagoada Lopez, 24, mentioned one night time she acquired so sick {that a} fellow detainee was compelled to scream and wave at a safety digicam to get her assist — however the officers who arrived nonetheless refused to get her to a health care provider, regardless of her heavy bleeding. It took 5 days for a medical skilled to carry out an examination with out an ultrasound, and two days after that to inform her she had miscarried. The bleeding nonetheless didn’t cease: “They had been refusing to offer me sanitary towels, I wanted like 30 per day and we got three per day,” mentioned Pagoada. “They informed me I might purchase extra within the commissary.”

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“I can not even say how painful it’s to be there with out assist, with out help, and with the ache of getting misplaced one thing so treasured,” mentioned Rubia Mabel Morales Alfaro, one other mom who miscarried and who calls the assurances of care promised by Nielsen a “lie.”

Virginia Sushila Schwerin, a midwife who volunteers at a clinic that serves migrants, added: “Pregnant ladies have extremely specialised wants and it is a high-risk group. I feel it is inhumane to detain them.” Learn extra at BuzzFeed News. Jeva Lange

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