A new report has tackled an issue that has never been published before; the rate of which women are impacted by various laws around the country concerning the "criminalisation of pregnancy."
The National Advocates for Pregnant Women have published research that is unique and has never been studied before. It found that between 1973 and 2005 there were 413 instances of women being arrested or deprived of their rights due to having an abortion, or having vocally expressed the desire to have one. In the last 7 years, there have been another 250 reported cases.
In one case, according to rawstory.com, an Ohio woman was forced to stay sequestered in a cell to prevent her from having an abortion. Further details were unavailable.
Less sympathetic, but still provocative is the tale of Maria Guerra who was actually charged with a DUI and child endangerment because she was pregnant while driving with alcohol in her system, but she was below the legal limit. This mattered not to police who arrested her and took her to jail.
The stories are varied, but the commonality is women who have had their rights violated. This is because of the continual barrage from the right wing which seeks to disparage women entirely. How else would one explain the previous 32 years with 413 instances of misconduct, and in the last 7 years 250 cases have arisen? Surely it is not a coincidence.
The state with the most violations was found to be South Carolina, which was able to count 93 cases of impropriety by various law enforcement personnel.
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