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As a new Reportage shows, Patel isn’t alone: Even before the fall of RoeDoctors reported women to law enforcement who had self-managed or SMAs. While only one state, Nevada, outright criminalizes SMAs, healthcare workers still reported pregnant people to law enforcement all across the country. In a post-Dobbs Experts around the world are concerned that this criminalization may get worse.  

SMAs can occur when someone terminates their pregnancy without any support from a clinician. This is most commonly done through Abortion pills. . Shown Below There are few health risks associated with abortion pills. Still, complications can arise—as was the case with Patel, whose story was included in the new report from If/When/How, a nonprofit national legal advocacy organization. After Patel’s doctor called police, a search for the fetus ensued––which eventually led to officers finding remains. The state’s forensic pathologist used a debunked “lung float test” Patel gave birth to a baby who was alive. She was sentenced to a 20-year prison term for both feticide, and neglect of a dependent. This decision was made by the court. Overturned (In 2016) 

If/When/How looked at the 61 known cases between 2000 and 2020, including Patel’s, in which people were criminalized for ending a pregnancy without supervision from a doctor (or for helping someone else do the same). The authors think there are still more cases that have not been reported.  

The most shocking finding was that 45 percent of cases were reported to police by care professionals. This included hospital staff, social workers and other health care providers. (Acquaintances reported just a little over a quarter; “other” You can also find out more about the following: “unknown” sources—including anonymous tips to police—made up the last 30 percent).  

The stark statistics provide a harsh reality check. The following are some examples of how to get started: anti-abortion politicians’ You can also find out more about the following: activists’ claims that they don’t want to penalize people who seek abortions. As report co-author and If/When/How’s Senior Researcher Laura Huss told PoliticsNew research indicates that “criminalization [of pregnant people] does happen, and it was happening before Roe was overturned.” And it’s likely to worsen under the Dobbs Experts say:  

There is no state or federal law that requires reporting of a suspected SMA. In fact, If/When/How’s researchers believe that healthcare practitioners who fail to report suspected SMA are likely breaking HIPAA laws. In fact, 83 per cent of the adults featured in If/When/How were charged with other crimes, such as homicide, neglecting children, or feticide.  

Why were so many of these snitches health care workers, when they were under no legal obligation to report suspected SMAs. While researchers can’t know for sure, given that the cases included in the report were based on public records and didn’t address providers’ motivations to report, Huss says it’s likely a mix of confusion, misapplication of the law, and abortion stigma—a term researchers Have you defined? As well as “a shared understanding that abortion is morally wrong and/or socially unacceptable.”  

If/When/How’s research caps off in 2020, and these laws have continued to evolve throughout this period. Five states—South Carolina is joined by Oklahoma, New York and Delaware.—have repealed their criminal bans on SMAs since 2017, a trend that Huss attributes to the hard work of activists seeking to remove abortion from the criminal code. But it may not be sufficient in light of the fallout that could result from Dobbs, which has left providers who support abortion access with few options—and fearful of prosecution, regardless of which laws are on the books. 

On The following are some of the ways to get in touch with us:p of abortion clinics closing, obstetrics programs and maternity wards—from Alabama to IdahoAlso, many clinics have closed, leaving providers without work and 1.7 million women in counties with no access to abortion or maternity services. According to Analysis conducted by ABC News and Boston Children’s Hospital. Still-working providers You can also find out more about the risks by clicking here. If they don’t understand the implications of the thin exceptions made to abortion laws, they could lose their license or go to jail. Criminalization will only increase as some laws encourage people to report abortions.  

Personal opinions about abortion play an important role in the way people react to a suspected SMA. “We can’t separate these cases from the overarching reality of abortion stigma,” Huss said. According to Kathleen Crowther’s new book, historian Kathleen Crowther. Police Pregnant Body: From Ancient Greece To Post-Roe America. “There’s a long-running idea that fetuses have to be protected from women who want to get rid of them,” She told Politics. 

Healthcare workers’ racism and biases also play a role in who they report to authorities: More than 40 percent of cases featured in the If/When/How report “involved minoritized racial and ethnic groups, making people of color disproportionately represented in the sample,” It is stated. It is a report from September Published by: by the legal advocacy organization Pregnancy Justice showed that poor Black women were overrepresented among those criminalized, along with poor white women, a trend the report attributes to the opioid epidemic’s impact on the latter demographic. 

Experts say that future research will show the impact of a post-traumatic stress disorder.Dobbs Self-managed abortions are particularly dangerous. “It’s very probable,” Lourdes Rivera is the president of Pregnancy Justice. “that we’re going to see that train running down that track a lot faster.”