USA – Criminalization of Pregnancy and Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice

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Criminalization and Civil Punishment of Pregnancy and Pregnancy Outcomes 

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Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice

National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), along with allies, have provided these two joint submissions to the United Nations Human Rights Council for its Universal Periodic Review of the USA in October 2019. Both are designed to inform the UN about the human rights record of the USA. NAPW has participated in this process in the past, and continues to bring attention to the problematic laws and policies that deny human rights to pregnant and parenting people in the USA. These submissions provide critical information about US policies that undermine reproductive rights and health, as well as the criminal and civil legal systems that improperly surveil, prosecute and incarcerate people based on their capacity for pregnancy or pregnancy outcomes. We are hopeful these submissions will influence and contribute to recommendations by the Council regarding steps the US needs to take to implement and work towards meeting all of its international human rights obligations.

SOURCE: E-mail, NAPW Newsletter, October 2019