A Discussion of the Punishment and Criminalization of Pregnancy and Pregnancy Outcomes: Dispelling the Myths, Providing the Fact

This panel will address criminalization of pregnant people, and other punitive approaches used to target pregnant women including misuse of the civil child welfare and medical systems. Presenters will discuss the increased use of arrest, detention and criminal charges against populations targeted for state control including women of color, low income women and women who use drugs. Presenters will provide information about the repercussions people face in relation to their pregnancies or pregnancy outcomes such as ending a pregnancy outside of a medical setting or alleged substance use during pregnancy. Participants will be equipped with organizing strategies, fact sheets and other resources that will assist in resisting and defending against these abuses of power.

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