Del. Ben Cline backed a regulation designed to ban the use of restraints in most cases.
The humane treatment of pregnant inmates and their babies is one cause that should cut across partisan and ideological divides.
Members of the Virginia Board of Corrections showed good judgment recently when they unanimously passed a regulation restricting the use of shackles and other restraints on expectant mothers who are serving time in state prisons. The practice has attracted objections from the American Medical Association and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists because of potential health risks to women and their children.