Mississippi has one of the worst records for maternal and infant health in the U.S., as well as some of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease, and among some of the most restrictive policies on abortion…
"It is tremendously, tremendously frightening, this case…There’s real fear for young women whose babies are dying early who [lack the resources to] defend themselves and their actions."
Rennie Gibbs’ daughter was stillborn with the cord wrapped around her neck, but when autopsy results turned up traces of a cocaine byproduct in her baby’s blood, Gibbs was indicted for “depraved heart murder,” with a maximum sentence of life in prison.
It should come as no surprise that Gibbs is a young, low-income black woman, a member of a demographic disproportionately targeted by the legal system in cases like this and others, and more vulnerable to stillbirths.
A committee for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists determined that “pregnant women who fear the legal system avoid or emotionally disengage from prenatal care - the very thing that might help assure they give birth to health babies. Drug enforcement policies that deter women from seeking prenatal care are contrary to the welfare of the mother and fetus.”
Until we stop pretending punishment and stigma is an effective deterrent, and work to address the underlying issues in maternal health, women will continue to be targeted for addiction, mental illness, and self-determination.
pro life policies, ladies and gentlefolk
She used cocaine while pregnant. If they can prove that the cocaine was related to the baby’s death, she should face legal consequences. Liberals don’t believe in consequences, especially not for the segments of the population they have designated as victims. Coincidentally the same segment that can be counted on to elect liberal democrats.
She used cocaine while pregnant, and her fetus died of strangulation from an unfortunate positioning in the wound. You… you don’t actually know what cocaine is or what it does, right? I mean, that’s the only possible explanation for how you could think those two facts are related.
The problem isn’t that liberals don’t believe in consequences for certain segments of society. The problem is that conservatives think that “consequences” are something that should ONLY and ALWAYS happens based on what segment of society you’re in. If this were a wealthy white woman from the right family or the right part of town, this would be declared a private tragedy and you’d be saying the vulture media and activist courts should leave the poor woman alone, hasn’t she suffered enough?
I didn’t know cocaine repositioned babies in the womb. Does it also sour milk and put the evil eye on the neighbor’s chickens?
Central to the political agenda of Men’s Rights Activists is floating the idea that men somehow have a “right” to an abortion, or more accurately a right to interfere with a woman’s right to an abortion. MRAs argue that women’s autonomy is directly oppressive to men because men are disallowed input as to whether or not women should give birth. Thus, they argue that the state should intervene by forcing women to consult men before they can legally abort a pregnancy or that women or doctors should be held legally accountable to men after an abortion has taken place, usurping their right to self-determine.
Unfortunately, this hazardous ideology has been taken seriously and supported by a few lawmakers.
This article on Al Jazeera America highlights well the problems with restricting women to adequate abortion privileges. Though politicians claim that it is making things “safer” for women, it actually hurts them.
Michigan Democratic Leader, Gretchen Whitmer. The board of medicine just approved a Right to Life of Michigan petition banning abortion insurance coverage. If approved by the Republican majority legislature (and not allowed to go to the voters), it would require patients to purchase an additional rider to cover abortion, even in cases of rape and incest.
Nearly half of the pregnancies in the United States are unintended, and about 40% of those are terminated. The cost of a first trimester abortion ranges anywhere from $300 to $950. Nearly 60% of women who experience a delay in accessing safe, legal abortion have cited the time it took to raise the money and make arrangements. Those delays increase the cost of abortion, as well as the risk of complications.