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Drug Use Is No Excuse: Why Is Wisconsin Locking Up Pregnant Women?

The rights and health of pregnant people are at risk in Wisconsin.

The Unborn Child Protection Act (Act 292) allows Wisconsin to accuse certain women of “unborn child abuse.” Under this law, the state can take certain pregnant women into custody, appoint a lawyer for her embryo or fetus, and lock the woman up in a drug treatment program, mental hospital, or jail – regardless of whether drug treatment is really needed. Although a federal court has ruled that the law is unconstitutional, it remains in effect because Governor Scott Walker and Attorney General Brad Schimel have fought to keep the law in place. Wisconsin has accused hundreds of pregnant women of “unborn child abuse” under this law.

This is not someone else’s problem. When pregnant women are denied their human rights, communities suffer. That’s why Reproaction is organizing to educate the public about and put a stop to enforcement of Wisconsin’s Act 292.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Nancy Rosenbloom, Director of Legal Advocacy, National Advocates for Pregnant Women

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