Pregnant women are being held in immigration detention by the British government, violating statutory legislation, and subjecting them to the use of force, says Natasha Tsangarides.
Around 7,000 women are detained in Britain for immigration purposes each year. Some of these women are pregnant. At Medical Justice, a charity that supports the health rights of immigration detainees, we are seeing more and more women being detained. The precise number of pregnant women being detained is unknown because, as explained by then Immigration Minister Damian Green in the House of Commons on October 25th 2011, “The UK Border Agency does not hold such information centrally.”