Lawmakers in Alabama and Indiana are moving to arrest and incarcerate pregnant women with mental illness and drug addiction, and charge them with harming their fetus. National Advocates for Pregnant Women is working to defend the basic rights of pregnant women suffering from mental illness, severe depression, or any other health problem to be treated like other human beings experiencing the same problems.
Amanda K. was six months pregnant and went into early labor with a prolapsed umbilical cord. She went to a local hospital for care where she underwent emergency surgery, but unfortunately her son soon died. But, rather than providing the support and compassionate care she and her family needed, the hospital drug tested her. The positive result was used as a basis for reporting her to the police and having her arrested for the crime of “chemical endangerment” of a child.
Parental notification and consent laws are sold as a public good and as protection for teenagers, but are really only about humiliating and punishing them.
If you are pregnant in Alabama and you’d like to birth at home, you have every right to do so. But don’t expect to do it with the provider of your choice. Midwifery is illegal in Alabama, as it is in 25 other states. The 2009 PushSummit in Birmingham this week will address this and much more.
Marcy Bloom shares stories from her experience in Birmingham, Alabama — including Emily Lyons' perspective and highlighting the different groups who came together to protect women.
Marcy Bloom reflects on the beauty and the violent history of Birmingham, Alabama — from the Civil Rights movement to protecting reproductive health today.
Rev. Katherine Ragsdale shares her experience in Alabama at the New Women All Women Health Clinic, as a representative for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
Operation Save America descended on Birmingham, Alabama this week to attempt to close the city's two abortion clinics. Vicki Saporta shares updates from National Abortion Federation staff in Birmingham.
Rachel Larris gets to the bottom of what really happened in Alabama this week when anti-choice protestors face off against clinic staff women trying to do their jobs.
Andrea Lynch addresses clinic violence and the anti-abortion strategies of misinformation, coercion and intimidation to build a so-called culture of life.