In this case Alicia Beltran, a 28-year-old pregnant woman, sought early prenatal care and confided in health care workers about her prior use of painkillers and her efforts to end that use on her own. Instead of commending Ms. Beltran for her progress, she was arrested on July 18, 2013 by Wisconsin law enforcement officials. She was arrested under a Wisconsin law passed in the guise of protecting fertilized eggs, embryos, and fetuses from any pregnant woman who “habitually lacks self-control in the use of alcohol or controlled substances.” According to papers filed with the court, Ms. Beltran was forcibly taken into custody by law enforcement when she was 15 weeks pregnant, put into handcuffs and shackles, and brought to a court hearing. Although a lawyer had already been appointed to represent her fetus, Ms. Beltran had no right to counsel — and therefore had no attorney — at her initial court appearance. Then, without testimony from a single medical expert, the court ordered her to be detained at an inpatient drug treatment program two hours from her home.

National Advocates for Pregnant Women: First Fed Challenge To Pregnant Woman’s Arrest Under “Personhood”-Like Measure

In case there’s any question that “personhood” laws exist exclusively to deny people with uteruses personhood.

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Help NAPW successfully defend and free Alicia and show how harmful policies like these are.

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Alicia Beltran found herself handcuffed and shackled for being honest and telling a health care provider about her past struggles with addiction. She was taken to a court hearing where a lawyer had already been appointed to represent her fetus. Beltran herself had no right to counsel and was not provided with a court-appointed lawyer.This case could deter those pregnant women who drink any amount of alcohol or who have ever used a controlled substance from seeking prenatal care.
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Alicia Beltran found herself handcuffed and shackled for being honest and telling a health care provider about her past struggles with addiction. She was taken to a court hearing where a lawyer had already been appointed to represent her fetus. Beltran herself had no right to counsel and was not provided with a court-appointed lawyer.

This case could deter those pregnant women who drink any amount of alcohol or who have ever used a controlled substance from seeking prenatal care.

Read more about the case here.

Help National Advocates for Pregnant Women fight for Alicia’s freedom

Wisconsin Democrat Launches Quixotic Effort to Overturn Forced Ultrasound Law 
Rep. Taylor told the Capital Times that she knows her effort is likely to fail, but she said it’s necessary to “stand up for women” against “very extreme” legislation. “We are going to keep at it,” she told the paper. “One day we are going to be successful at repealing this law.”

Wisconsin Democrat Launches Quixotic Effort to Overturn Forced Ultrasound Law

Rep. Taylor told the Capital Times that she knows her effort is likely to fail, but she said it’s necessary to “stand up for women” against “very extreme” legislation. “We are going to keep at it,” she told the paper. “One day we are going to be successful at repealing this law.”

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Anti-abortion bills have been reproducing so rapidly in state after state, that this year has already seen 43 measures pass state legislatures.

About to become measure number 44 is Texas’ controversial abortion ban. Just a few weeks after Texas State Senator Wendy Davis famously helped to kill an anti-abortion bill via an epic filibuster, it was revived by Governor Rick Perry this week and passed by the state House yesterday.

In Wisconsin, a judge has blocked enforcement of an abortion bill after groups filed a lawsuit against it.

And, North Carolina law makers will vote today on a bill on motorcycle safety, to which, bizarrely, anti-abortion legislation has been attached.

These are only a fraction of the battles raging over women’s reproductive rights all over the nation.

GUEST: Jodi Jacobson, President and Editor-in-Chief of RH Reality Check

 

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