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Reproductive Justice Hearing: Criminal Punishment & Civil Regulation of Pregnant Women

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Published Date
November, 2015

This hearing “shine[d] a bright light on the status of women’s reproductive and health care access. In recent years, more anti-reproductive rights legislation has been proposed than in the thirty years combined following the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling Roe v. Wade. At the same time, maternal and infant mortality in the United States rivals that of many developing countries and is the worst among nearly all developed nations. From limitations on contraception to threats of arrests for refusing Caesarian sections and prosecutions for miscarriages, a severe hostility is being shown toward women and their health.” Expert panels covered issues such as violations of women’s reproductive privacy, women's mass incarceration (and their health behind bars), access to reproductive health services, domestic violence, online sexual harassment, and the religious objections to medical services.