Rachel Roth is a reproductive justice scholar, consultant, and
advocate whose work focuses on the impact of imprisonment on
women’s reproductive health and rights. She is proud to have worked
with the Correctional Association of New York on the new report
Reproductive Injustice exposing health care deficiencies in women’s prisons and to have organized for a new law guaranteeing minimum standards for the treatment of pregnant women in prison and jail in Massachusetts. She is the author of the book Making Women Pay: The Hidden Costs of Fetal Rights, co-author of the report Abortion Funding: A Matter of Justice, and a contributor to Defending Justice: An Activist Resource Kit. Recent publications include “She Doesn’t Deserve to be Treated Like This”: Prisons as Sites of Reproductive Injustice and “‘If They Hand You a Paper, You Sign It’: A Call to End the Sterilization of Women in Prison“ (written with Sara Ainsworth). You can follow her at MomsRising.

Maine’s New Anti-Shackling Law Was No ‘Accident’

After Maine Gov. Paul LePage made national news earlier this month by claiming to have “pocket vetoed” 19 bills that became law without his signature, messages started popping up in my inbox saying things like “An accidental win!” and “Maine—accidentally—outlaws shackling pregnant women?”