When laws are passed to "protect fetuses," what does that mean for pregnant people? What is the role of healthcare providers who are forced to navigate this legal landscape? What can you do to ensure pregnant people retain their rights throughout pregnancy? And how is this connected to the fight for abortion rights?
Join National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) for a panel discussion featuring leaders in social work, law, medicine, and birth justice about the direct impact of fetal protection laws on pregnant people. Wisconsin's Act 292, the "Unborn Child Protection Act," will be discussed as an example, and experts will connect what they're seeing on the ground to the broader "fetal personhood" movement, the latest abortion case before the Supreme Court, and what is at stake for all people with the capacity for pregnancy.
After this event, attendees will be able to:
> Identify how personhood laws for the unborn harm pregnant people's autonomy, self-determination, mental health, family, and social positioning and how this relates to the struggle for racial justice
> Understand the impact of Wisconsin’s Act 292 “Unborn Child Protection Act” on a pregnant person’s health and rights
> Unpack the myths and junk science around drug use and pregnancy
> Describe how the idea of fetuses as people undermines the rights of pregnant people nationwide, regarding abortion rights and well beyond
> Identify how interdisciplinary professionals can collaborate together to ensure the protection of pregnant people’s rights