The government cannot go on turning a blind eye to the detention of pregnant women
06 Jun 2013Stillbirth, miscarriage and acute psychosis are among problems suffered by pregnant women held in immigration removal centres, a report has revealed.
The Medical Justice charity has called for an end to the detention of pregnant women after it found that asylum-seeking women have poorer health outcomes during and after childbirth than others.
Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s shadow public health minister and MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington said:
‘The government cannot go on turning a blind eye to this. This inhumane treatment of women who are pregnant is a hidden national scandal. The poor quality healthcare, the use of force, and the failure to abide by published statutory legislation to only detain pregnant women in very exceptional circumstances reflects a callous and unethical disregard for these vulnerable groups of women and their children.”
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