From The Guardian, the most outrageous thing you’ll read all week:
Hundreds of women have been arrested, convicted, jailed, detained in mental institutions or forced to endure medical procedures as a result of the “criminalisation of pregnancy” over the last four decades, a new report has found.
In the first study of its kind, to be published on Tuesday, researchers from the National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) identified 413 criminal and civil cases across 44 states involving the arrests, detentions and equivalent deprivations of pregnant women’s liberty between 1973 and 2005. NAWP said that it is aware of a further 250 cases since 2005. Both figures are likely to be underestimates, it said.
Here are a few of the cases (emphasis mine):
The cases of detention and forced medical intervention varied widely and included one in which a judge in Ohio kept a woman imprisoned to prevent her having an abortion.
Another involved a woman in Oregon who refused a doctor’s recommendation for additional testing for gestational diabetes. She was held in a locked psychiatric ward. Another case involved a court in Washington DC, which ordered a critically ill woman to undergo caesarian section over her objections. Neither she nor the baby survived.
Earlier this month, Maria Guerra, of Memphis, Tennessee, was charged with child endangerment and driving under the influence after she was found to be four months pregnant, even though her blood alcohol level was under the legal limit. In Oklahoma, this month, Jamie Lynn Russell, 33, died in agony from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy in jail. Police, who were called to a hospital where Russell sought help for severe abdominal pain, charged her with drug possession after finding two prescription pills that did not belong to her.
Last year, prosecutors in Indiana classified the failed suicide attempt of Chinese-born Bei Bei Shai, as the murder of her foetus. The case is ongoing.
In case you were wondering, this is what personhood bills do. This is what the pro-life position does. When you view a fetus as more important than the woman carrying it, this is what happens.
These are not anomalous events. This is the direct result of a pro-life culture that erases women and their rights from the discussion. For these people, a woman is just an incubator whose sole purpose is to carry a fetus to term. The concept of “rights” doesn’t make sense to these people. So you get situations like these, where people are imprisoned and die for a barbaric principle that doesn’t help anyone.