Read “Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood,” by Michele Goodwin

@JaniceOCG See #PolicingheWomb by @michelebgoodwin & @CambridgeUP for ways in which Black women’s bodies are criminalized. Watch Thurs., 8 pm ET, to 4/7/22, “If America Fails?:  The Coming Tyranny” on TWN.

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Women – primarily white women – are routinely raped in The Handmaid’s Tale because of an environmental catastrophe that led to a low birth rate and need to re-populate the country.  Outwardly, children are valued.  Rape, then, is an act of patriotism – as is pregnancy.  Up is down; left is right.

Certainly Black women in America’s slave era knew this experience of being raped to increase the population of slaves – but things have changed for Black women and Black babies.  Technological and demographic shifts in the country now mean Black children are unwanted – from the state’s point of view.  Thus, Black life can be snuffed before even making it into the world, and easily taken, any time after arrival.

Author and attorney Michele Goodwin turns a lens on reproductive health and justice issues in Policing the Womb – and we see, “truth is stranger than fiction.”  — LMO

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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 prison toilets. In some states, pregnancy has become a bargaining chip with prosecutors offering reduced sentences in exchange for women agreeing to be sterilized. The author shows how prosecutors may abuse laws and infringe women’s rights in the process, sometimes with the complicity of medical providers who disclose private patient information to law enforcement. Often the women most affected are poor and of color. This timely book brings to light how the unrestrained efforts to punish and police women’s bodies have led to the United States being the deadliest country in the developed world to be pregnant.”  — Publisher

Michele Bratcher Goodwin is the UCI Law Chancellor’s Professor of Law & Director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy, University of California, Irvine.

READ | Policing the Womb:  Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood | by Michele Goodwin | Cambridge University Press | February 2020

Published by Loga Michelle Odom @Odomanian

Founder/Host, Reading Changes Lives; Former Senior Producer, OUR COMMON GROUND Media / TruthWorks Network / If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny

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