Miscarriage at Ottawa jail prompts renewed call for action on inmates' health

“5 years after woman gives birth in jail, advocates say more health-care improvements needed.

The Ottawa support group MOMS [Mothers Offering Mutual Support] is calling for the province to move ahead with a 2016 task force recommendation to transfer health-care jurisdiction of jail inmates to the Ministry of Health, from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

The renewed call for change comes after a woman complained about her treatment during a miscarriage in an Ottawa jail cell last month.

Erica Tanny, the lawyer for the 28-year-old woman who miscarried, said her client was bleeding from the time she went into the jail on Jan. 11 at approximately 12 weeks pregnant. Then on Jan. 25, the woman started bleeding "uncontrollably" in her cell.”

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Grace Szucs