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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On Sept. 24, Senior Staff Attorney Farah Diaz-Tello argued an appeal on behalf of Melissa McCann-Arms before the Arkansas Supreme Court. Watch Farah in the video above. She explained why Arkansas' law making it a crime to introduce a controlled substance into the body of another person (for example, putting a "knock-out" drug in someone's drink, the initial intent of the law) can't be used to punish women who give birth to a baby who tests positive for a controlled substance. Ms. McCann-Arms was sentenced to 20 years in prison. We're fighting to ensure that the Arkansas court doesn't set a precedent that would make every criminal law that uses the word "person" applicable to the context of pregnancy. We're defending Ms. McCann-Arms because sending a woman to prison for 20 years for carrying a pregnancy to term despite a drug problem is unjust, cruel and will drive women away from medical care.continued »