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Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood

  title={Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood},
  author={Michele Goodwin},
  • M. Goodwin
  • Published 12 March 2020
  • Law, Political Science
Policing the Womb brings to life the chilling ways in which women have become the targets of secretive state surveillance of their pregnancies. Michele Goodwin expands the reproductive health and rights debate beyond abortion to include how legislators increasingly turn to criminalizing women for miscarriages, stillbirths, and threatening the health of their pregnancies. The horrific results include women giving birth while shackled in leg irons, in solitary confinement, and even delivering in… 

Justice for Incarcerated Moms Act of 2021: Reflections and recommendations

In the last five decades, the number of women behind bars in the United States has risen exponentially. It is now estimated that there are nearly 58,000 admissions of pregnant

Dobbs: Navigating the New Quagmire and Its Impacts on Abortion and Reproductive Health Care

  • A. Kulczycki
  • Law
    Health education & behavior : the official publication of the Society for Public Health Education
  • 2022
On June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. By voting to uphold Mississippi’s law banning most abortions after 15 weeks, the Court

Toward an Intersectional Psychological Science of Reproductive Norms: Generating Research Across the Natalism Spectrum

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What will and won’t happen when abortion is banned

  • M. Oberman
  • Sociology
    Journal of law and the biosciences
  • 2022
Abstract For the past 50 years, abortion opponents have fought for the power to ban abortion without little attention to how things might change when they won. The battle to make abortion illegal has

Introduction to Special Issue: Criminalizing Motherhood and Reproduction

This special issue of Women & Criminal Justice is dedicated to analyzing the legal and extra-legal policies and practices that regulate mothers and pregnant individuals, and the effects of those re...

Privacy, Health, and Race Equity in the Digital Age

  • A. Allen
  • Political Science
    The American journal of bioethics : AJOB
  • 2022
Privacy is a basic and foundational human good meriting moral and legal protection (Allen 2011). Privacy isn’t, however, everything (Allen 2003). Other goods and values matter, too (Solove 2003;

The geography of abortion: Discourse, spatiality and mobility

Abortion has historically been ignored in geography. Although bodies and pregnancy have been increasingly studied since the 1990s, a reticence around abortion remains. In recent years, however, this

Availability of Medications for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Among Pregnant and Postpartum Individuals in US Jails

It was found that US jails did not consistently provide pregnant people with access to medications that meet the standard of care for treatment of opioid use disorder, which suggests that there is an opportunity for intervention to improve care for pregnant people who are incarcerated.

Society for Medical Anthropology Statement on Supreme Court Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization Decision.

This statement summarizes key findings from anthropological and related scholarship on the harmful consequences of inadequate abortion access, leading the Society for Medical Anthropology to register



Punishing Pregnancy: Race, Incarceration, and the Shackling of Pregnant Prisoners

The shackling of pregnant women prisoners during labor and childbirth is endemic within women’s penal institutions in the United States. This article interrogates the factors that account for the

Fetal Protection Laws: Moral Panic and the New Constitutional Battlefront

This Article shines a probing light on the escalation of women's reproduction serving as a site for state regulation, monitoring, and criminal policing. Professor Goodwin exposes the ways in which

Marital Rape: The Long Arch of Sexual Violence Against Women and Girls

If no permanent injury has been inflicted, nor malice, cruelty nor dangerous violence shown by the husband, it is better to draw the curtain, shut out the public gaze, and leave the parties to forget

Abortion: A Woman's Private Choice

If Roe v. Wade is overturned, lessons from the era preceding that landmark decision underscore the broad harms women will encounter, particularly because 49% of pregnancies in the United States are unintended.

When Abortion Was a Crime: Women, Medicine, and Law in the United States, 1867-1973

As we approach the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, it's crucial to look back to the time when abortion was illegal. Leslie Reagan traces the practice and policing of abortion, which although illegal

Roe v Wade and the new Jane Crow: reproductive rights in the age of mass incarceration.

  • L. Paltrow
  • Law
    American journal of public health
  • 2013
All pregnant women, not just those who seek to end a pregnancy, have benefited from Roe v Wade, and efforts to establish separate legal "personhood" for fertilized eggs, embryos, and fetuses are already being used as the basis for the arrests and detentions of and forced interventions on pregnant women.

Arrests of and forced interventions on pregnant women in the United States, 1973-2005: implications for women's legal status and public health.

In November 2011, the citizens of Mississippi voted down Proposition 26, a "personhood" measure that sought to establish separate constitutional rights for fertilized eggs, embryos, and fetuses. This

Pregnant Drug Users, Fetal Persons, and the Threat to Roe V. Wade

INTRODUCTION On the twenty-fifth anniversary of Roe v. Wade,(1) it is safe to say that there has been a concerted effort to overturn that decision and to outlaw all abortions.(2) The most

Reproduction and the Rule of Law in Latin America

If race and the “color line” were the pivotal problems of the twentieth century, sex discrimination and reproductive justice are their companions in the twenty-first century. Scholars, activists, and