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Policing the Womb

Policing the Womb
Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood

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  • Publication planned for: February 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107030176

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  • In Policing the Womb, Michele Goodwin explores how states abuse laws and infringe on rights to police women and their pregnancies. This book looks at the impact of these often arbitrary laws which can result in the punishment, incarceration, and humiliation of women, particularly poor women and women of color. Frequently based on unscientific claims of endangering a fetus, these laws allow extraordinary powers to state authorities over reproductive freedom and pregnancies. In this book, Michele Goodwin discusses real examples of women whose pregnancies have been controlled by the law and what has led to the United States being the deadliest country in the developed world for a woman to be pregnant.

    • Offers a new lens to understand the state's policing of pregnant women's bodies
    • Exposes the laws that undermine women's civil rights and the rise in these laws that seek to punish women during their pregnancies
    • Brings to the forefront how racism in healthcare continues to harm women of color, including during pregnancy, and how a focus on the rights of middle-class white women has obscured the more deadly attacks on poor women and their reproductive health
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: February 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107030176
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Pregnancy and State Power: Prosecuting Fetal Endangerment
    3. Creeping Criminalization of Pregnancy Across the United States
    4. Abortion Law
    5.Policing Beyond The Border
    6. Changing Roles of Doctors and Nurses: Hospital Snitches and Police Informants
    7. Revisiting The Fiduciary Relationship
    8. Creating Criminals: Race, Stereotypes, and Collateral Damage
    9. The Pregnancy Penalty: When the State Gets It Wrong
    10. Lessons for Law and Society: A Reproductive Justice New Deal or Bill of Rights
    11. Conclusion

  • Author

    Michele Goodwin, University of Minnesota School of Law
    Michele Goodwin is an Executive Committee member of the American Civil Liberties Union and elected member of the American Law Institute. She is also a Chancellor's Professor at the University of California, Irvine where she teaches constitutional law and directs the Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy. She is an internationally recognized voice on women's rights, reproductive health, and constitutional law and lectures worldwide on matters relating to the exploitation of women and girls and the rising regulation of pregnancy and criminalization of women.

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