Abortion Decriminalization and the Struggle against Policing and Criminalization

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The fight for abortion access is connected to the broader fight against state surveillance and criminalization. This policy brief, drafted by eight leading abortion access and decriminalization organizations, examines the ties between “the expanding surveillance and criminalization of mutual aid, self-managed care, and bodily autonomy, and the growing attempts to criminalize pregnant people, parents, and health care providers.”

“The criminalization of all pregnant people at all stages of pregnancy and birth constraints people’s bodily autonomy and reproductive freedom–especially for Black, Indigenous, disabled, trans, and queer people, migrants, people surviving economic violence, and young people.”