Cherie Blair decided today that with her husband on his way out, it was time for her to be more vocal. She decided that the issue for her to take up is her opposition to pregnant women being sent to prison. The Independent covers the story HERE.
Firstly, what an absolute bloody cheek. People use the press to raise the profile of an issue so that government can become aware of it. If Cherie is unable to get the ear of government or her husband, then she shouldn't be lobbying us through the pages of a newspaper.
More importantly for me, I completely disagree with her. If it is known that being pregnant gets you off a prison sentence, more and more female defendants will start getting themselves pregnant in order to avoid jail. Not only that, it might be a sign of guilt that a woman turns up to court pregnant. My understanding is that prison s have maternity services and medical staff, and I doubt a child that is a few days old is going to have any understanding of what a prison is or be traumatised by it.
I'm afraid all Cherie Blair wants is one law for men and one for women.