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Punishing Women for Their Behavior During Pregnancy: An Approach That Undermines the Health of Women and Children

Punishing Women for Their Behavior During Pregnancy: An Approach That Undermines the Health of Women and Children
January 13, 2006

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For more than a decade, law enforcement personnel, judges, and elected officials nationwide have sought to punish women for their actions during pregnancy that may affect the fetuses they are carrying (Gallagher 1987). Women who are having children despite substance abuse problems have been a particular target, finding themselves pros- ecuted for such nonexistent crimes as 3fetal abuse2 and delivery of drugs through the umbilical cord.

CRIMINALIZING MOTHERHOOD

December 11, 2003
By: Silja J.A. Talvi, The Nation magazine, December 11, 2003

Regina McKnight is doing twelve years in prison for a stillbirth, carving out a dangerous intersection between the drug war and the antichoice movement. In the eyes of the South Carolina Attorney General's office, McKnight committed murder.

The Fight for Reproductive Rights

August 10, 2003
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TRIAL Magazine (August 2003).

Hard-won protections for reproductive freedom are increasingly under attack, says this advocate for pregnant women. She fights back in the courts.

Thirty years after Roe v. Wade, Lynn Paltrow—Executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) in New York City—believes that women still face an array of limitations on their reproductive decision-making, including health and welfare policies that can undermine motherhood, especially for low-income and minority women.

Punishment and Prejudice: Judging Drug-Using Pregnant Women

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Throughout the late 1980's and still today, "crack moms" and "crack babies" are the subject of vigorous public debate. Much of this public discussion has been governed by speculation and medical misinformation reported as fact in both medical journals and in the popular press and has been extremely judgmental and punitive in many instances.