The girl who came to the rural health center in Jocotán was only 13. I cannot forget her face. Her eyes were wide with terror and shame. Her voice trembled when she finally got up the nerve to speak, and then she collapsed, crying. She was pregnant. She had no idea how it had happened. It seems incredible, but nobody had ever explained to her how her body worked.
It’s wrong that something as normal and natural as becoming a parent cost me a career that I loved and was good at, and cost me my financial well-being. Starting a family should not come at the price I was forced to pay.
The use of solitary confinement for incarcerated pregnant people is an indefensible and cruel practice. Unfortunately, it’s more common than you might think.
Until we learn to truly trust the people giving birth to know what’s best for themselves and their babies, we will continue to spend more healthcare dollars per person than any other country—while killing and traumatizing increasing numbers of parents with our ignorance.
“Support is crucial for establishing and making broadly available specialized treatment programs for drug-addicted pregnant and breastfeeding women wherever possible.”
If lawmakers in the state House pass SB 972—An Act Concerning Access to Original Birth Records By Adult Adoptees—Connecticut will become the eleventh state to unseal adoptees’ birth records.
“The women bringing this case today, along with hundreds of others serving in our prisons right now, have been forced to make extremely difficult choices that no man in the same role would ever have to make.”
After nine months of misogynistic language from doctors and nurses, it’s easy to forget that you’re the decision-maker about your own body.
Racism is the reason black mothers in the U.S. are far more likely to die of childbirth or pregnancy-related causes than white mothers.
When young Asian immigrant women like Purvi Patel and Bei Bei Shuai are being criminalized for the outcomes of their pregnancies, all of us should be asking ourselves what more must be done to achieve reproductive justice—and not just secure our reproductive rights.