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PREGNANT WOMEN AND GOVERNMENT CONTROL

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A South Carolina woman was charged with homicide after she had a stillbirth; a Utah woman gave birth to twins, when one died she was arrested and charged with homicide because she decided to delay a C-section.  An Oregon woman who didn’t have the test for gestational diabetes her doctor wanted was arrested; a woman from Louisiana spent about a year in jail for murdering her fetus when she had a stillbirth.  Outrageous?  Absolutely.  Unusual?  Not so much.  More and more the “authorities” are intervening in cases that used to be a woman’s personal business.  Is it a coincidence that there are so many states putting restrictions on abortions?  Lynn Paltro, a Cornell University and New York University School of Law graduate, is founder and Executive Director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women.  She’ll join us as we talk about women and civil rights, health , and state control. 

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