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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