Surviving a sexual assault and then navigating the health care system to receive adequate counseling and reproductive medical attention is daunting enough for those who walk freely on the outside. For women in prison, these hurdles can seem insurmountable.
What do prisons have to do with reproductive rights? As it turns out, plenty. Prisons, jails, and immigration detention facilities are part of an expanding array of institutions that shape women’s reproductive lives.
If abortion is criminalized, what should the punishment be for women who have one? Anna Quindlen examines abortion opponents’ refusal to confront the logical endpoint of criminalization.