EMERJ and Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice have a great campaign, Strong Families, that is responding to the racist anti-choice billboards being put up in communities of color. Check out more videos on their YouTube channel.
Gibbs became pregnant aged 15, but lost the baby in December 2006 in a stillbirth when she was 36 weeks into the pregnancy. When prosecutors discovered that she had a cocaine habit - though there is no evidence that drug abuse had anything to do with the baby’s death - they charged her with the “depraved-heart murder” of her child, which carries a mandatory life sentence. Gibbs is the first woman in Mississippi to be charged with murder relating to the loss of her unborn baby. But her case is by no means isolated. Across the US more and more prosecutions are being brought that seek to turn pregnant women into criminals.
15 years old.
15 years old.
15 years old.
and this is what we see as a *criminal*—as a threat to society. In the olden days, this was a *child* that needed some serious fucking help and more than likely protection.
we prosecute people for feeding the homeless, we criminalize little girls that need fucking help, we deport workers whose bodies are falling apart, we call starving people “protecting our right to exist” and feeding those people terrorism…
I seriously hoped we’d reached the point where depraved-heart murders were gimmicks used on tv. SERIOUSLY PEOPLE.
At the age of thirteen, Elaine Riddick was kidnapped, molested and raped. She carried her son too term and after he was born, by the decision of the Eugenics Board of North Carolina, she was sterilized. How did this occur? At the time, Elaine was living with her illiterate grandmother who signed the form of consent for the procedure without knowing what it was about. What she did know, however, was that her granddaughter would be sent to an orphanage if she failed to comply. She signed the form with merely an X. (she was one of 7 siblings; the other five were sent to an orphanage already due to being taken out of custody of alcoholic parents) Why were such measures taken for this girl back in 1968? The Board deemed her to be both feebleminded and promiscuous.
Later on, her son, Tony Riddick went on record for saying that the Eugenics board of 1968 “was not far from the thinking of Hitler.”
It wasn’t until 2003 when Elaine and other victims of the sterilizations spoke out against the Eugenics Study Committee (which, by the way, mostly targeted low income people of color back in the day). Elaine, now 57 remarked, “When you’re a little girl, what do you want? You want to be a mommy. To find out that’s been taken away from you is devastating.”
At this time North Carolina is thinking about giving each victim a 20 thousand dollar compensation to each of its victims, but in reality they probably will not be able to set aside the funds due to the republican controlled legislature.
The fight for the right to terminate a pregnancy gets a lot of attention in feminist circles. We must never forget that the right to give birth is just as important. There are many stories like this of people who had their ability to have children taken away without their knowledge or informed consent. This is a tragedy and an injustice that we should be fighting against, as a part of fighting for reproductive justice for all people.
Judge stays abortion law that defunded Planned Parenthood
A federal judge has halted enforcement of a law cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood of Indiana and other entities that provide abortions.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt on Friday night means Planned Parenthood, which stopped serving its 9,300 Medicaid patients last week after running out of donated funds, can again see those patients.
The judge also enjoined a part of the law that would have taken effect July 1, requiring doctors to tell patients seeking abortions that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks or less.
Both were part of an anti-abortion bill that passed the Republican dominated legislature with significant support and was signed into law by Mitch Daniels.
Pratt’s injunction means the two provisions cannot be enforced while she is hearing a lawsuit, brought by Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union, arguing that those parts of the law should be struck down.