Our Bodies, Our Crimes: The Policing of Women’s Reproduction in America, a new book by Jeanne Flavin, NAPW's Board President
Read the "starred review" of Ms. Flavin's book in Publishers Weekly. Please note: Scroll down on linked page to the 7th entry to read the review.
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Writer and activist, Victoria Law's recent piece, "Your Pregnancy May Subject You to Even More Law Enforcement Violence," is a must read that walks through many of NAPW's cases and quotes Director of Legal Advocacy Sara Ainsworth and Staff Attorney Kylee Sunderlin.
From the civil child welfare system to criminalization and in all areas of reproduction, pregnant people too often face punitive responses. Sara Ainsworth articulates in the piece the coercion and state control that is ever present in NAPW's work: "The coercion to end your pregnancy or to give up your medical privacy because of the risk of having your child taken from you, all of these things basically force women's cooperation to something that they don't really consent to. This is coerced, whether you want to call it police violence or medical violence or both."
On Monday, March 30th, Purvi Patel was sentenced to 20+ years incarceration in Indiana for the crimes of feticide and neglect of a dependent. While Patel consistently maintained that she experienced a miscarriage, prosecutors claimed that she attempted to terminate her own pregnancy but gave birth to a baby who she then neglected and allowed to die. NAPW worked to oppose Patel's arrest and prosecution with local advocates, by filing an amicus brief, and publishing commentaries about the injustices in this case (see below). NAPW will continue to support Patel and local advocates in any future efforts in this case.
How Indiana Is Making It Possible To Jail Women For Having Abortions, Lynn Paltrow, Public Eye Magazine
It Is All Too Easy for Pregnant Women To Be Put on Trial in the United States, Farah Diaz-Tello and Laura Huss, RH Reality Check