Criminalizing Pregnant People: the Next Phase of Controlling Our Bodies

Mass incarceration and human rights abuses in the criminal justice system are key concerns for the reproductive justice movement, with a variety of activists working to oppose and mitigate the harms that these systems have created for individuals, families, and communities. Laws and policies criminalizing pregnant people have undermined reproductive autonomy and rights. In particular, pregnant people who use drugs (even legal, prescribed ones) have become vulnerable to criminal prosecution all across the country. Attacks on reproductive rights and justice, the war on drugs, and efforts to put "personhood" measures on the books have advanced unscientific laws and increased stigma. Hear from activists and journalists about how communities are fighting back against this form of reproductive injustice.


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