19 March 2008

Grantee Spotlight: Imprisoning New Mothers in Alabama

Alabama, along with multiple other states, has begun an unjust incarceration campaign against new mothers suspected of drug use. One of our grantees, National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), has offered a thorough and much-needed perspective after The New York Times and Women's eNews covered the crackdown. NAPW writes:
These prosecutions, if upheld would create legal precedent for the finding that women, upon becoming pregnant lose their civil and human rights. If a pregnant woman can be viewed as a child abuser before she ever gives birth, or as a murderer because she can not guarantee a healthy birth outcome, she ceases to exist as a full human being and full rights bearing citizen.
Feministing highlighted NAPW's wise take.

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