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Interventions on pregnant women

2013-01-16 21:22:28.669902+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

New Study Reveals the Impact of Post-Roe v Wade and "Pro-Life" Measures

On January 15, 2013, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law published a study, "Arrests of and Forced Interventions on Pregnant Women in the United States, 1973- 2005: Implications for Women's Legal Status and Public Health," written by Lynn M. Paltrow, NAPW Executive Director, and Jeanne Flavin, Professor of Sociology at Fordham University and NAPW Board President. This study makes clear that post-Roe anti-abortion and "pro-life" measures are being used to do more than limit access to abortion; they are providing the basis for arresting women, locking them up, and forcing them to submit to medical interventions, including surgery. The cases documented in our study, as well as recent cases, make clear that, 40 years after Roe v. Wade was decided, far more is at stake than abortion or women's reproductive rights. Pregnant women face attacks on virtually every right associated with constitutional personhood, including the very basic right to physical liberty.

Well, yeah.

Via Guardian.co.uk: Study finds widespread 'criminalisation of pregnancy' in US institutions

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-01-17 10:12:03.400832+00 by: stevesh

If the five cases highlighted in the paper are typical of the other 400 or so, all I'm seeing is the all-too-common-these-days outrageous abuse of law enforcement powers (including prosecutors) rather than any kind of war on pregnant women.