David Paterson Secures the Pregnant-Convict Vote

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A pregnant woman smiles as she plots her escape. Photo: iStockphoto

The practice of shackling female prisoners during childbirth, which apparently exists, has been outlawed in New York in almost all circumstances after Governor Paterson signed a ban into law yesterday. Opponents of the new law "point to the risk of escape posed by potentially dangerous inmates if they are left unshackled" — because that's exactly what's on a woman's mind as a small person is making its way out of her vagina. [Newsday]