Rachel Roth

Rachel Roth is a reproductive justice scholar, consultant, and
advocate whose work focuses on the impact of imprisonment on
women’s reproductive health and rights. She is proud to have worked
with the Correctional Association of New York on the new report
Reproductive Injustice exposing health care deficiencies in women’s prisons and to have organized for a new law guaranteeing minimum standards for the treatment of pregnant women in prison and jail in Massachusetts. She is the author of the book Making Women Pay: The Hidden Costs of Fetal Rights, co-author of the report Abortion Funding: A Matter of Justice, and a contributor to Defending Justice: An Activist Resource Kit. Recent publications include “She Doesn’t Deserve to be Treated Like This”: Prisons as Sites of Reproductive Injustice and “‘If They Hand You a Paper, You Sign It’: A Call to End the Sterilization of Women in Prison“ (written with Sara Ainsworth). You can follow her at MomsRising.


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Driving While Pregnant, Immigrant Lands Woman In Jail

Rachel Roth

A number of local and county police departments are now allowed to arrest people for immigration violations. In Tennessee, a pregnant, undocumented immigrant woman was arrested for driving without a license and gave birth, mostly shackled, in jail focusing new attention on local immigration enforcement.

Courts Rein in Wild West Sheriff

Rachel Roth

An Arizona state court ruled that a county sheriff's unwritten policy refusing to provide transportation to female prisoners seeking an abortion violated women's rights. Last week the U.S. Supreme Court let the decision stand.

Women’s Rights Vindicated on Roe Anniversary

Rachel Roth

In a bit of poetic timing, a federal court of appeals issued a new decision upholding women's rights on the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The case, Roe v. Crawford, concerns the near total ban on abortion access implemented by the Missouri prison system in 2005.

Locking Down Women’s Rights

Rachel Roth

Women in prison are constitutionally entitled to abortion services, but prisons repeatedly stand in the way of women seeking to exercise that right.

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