EL SALVADOR – 20-year-old faces prison after giving birth to her stepfather’s baby in a latrine

A year ago today, Imelda gave birth in the latrine at her family’s small, one-room home with curtains for dividers in a small community. She said she did not know she was about to give birth; instead, she told her lawyer, she “felt something come loose”. She screamed for help, fainted and started to haemorrhage. Her mother took her to the local public hospital, where they saw that she had given birth. She was pregnant, she … Continued

Criminalizing pregnancy: policing pregnant women who use drugs in the USA

Over the course of three years, Amnesty International, led by Carrie Eisert, Policy Advisor, analyzed US criminal prosecutions of women who are pregnant and alleged to use drugs. These cases are based on claims of promoting maternal and infant health, but in fact are about arresting and punishing women who are pregnant and use drugs. The report concludes that prosecutions that criminalize pregnant women violate women’s human rights. All of the cases discussed in this report, and the … Continued

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