Mississippi has one of the worst records for maternal and infant health in the U.S., as well as some of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease, and among some of the most restrictive policies on abortion…
"It is tremendously, tremendously frightening, this case…There’s real fear for young women whose babies are dying early who [lack the resources to] defend themselves and their actions."
Rennie Gibbs’ daughter was stillborn with the cord wrapped around her neck, but when autopsy results turned up traces of a cocaine byproduct in her baby’s blood, Gibbs was indicted for “depraved heart murder,” with a maximum sentence of life in prison.
It should come as no surprise that Gibbs is a young, low-income black woman, a member of a demographic disproportionately targeted by the legal system in cases like this and others, and more vulnerable to stillbirths.
A committee for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists determined that “pregnant women who fear the legal system avoid or emotionally disengage from prenatal care - the very thing that might help assure they give birth to health babies. Drug enforcement policies that deter women from seeking prenatal care are contrary to the welfare of the mother and fetus.”
Until we stop pretending punishment and stigma is an effective deterrent, and work to address the underlying issues in maternal health, women will continue to be targeted for addiction, mental illness, and self-determination.
pro life policies, ladies and gentlefolk
She used cocaine while pregnant. If they can prove that the cocaine was related to the baby’s death, she should face legal consequences. Liberals don’t believe in consequences, especially not for the segments of the population they have designated as victims. Coincidentally the same segment that can be counted on to elect liberal democrats.
I don’t understand how all the pro-aborts contort their thinking like that. “Those evil pro-lifers think it’s bad when your child is stillborn because YOU DID FUCKING CRACK WHILE PREGNANT”
Typical reactionary conservative, not bothering to read the article or commentary before going into hysterics.
Nah I am NOT having this shit I didn’t realize some anti-choice piece of shit decided to provide some commentary on to this post after I reblogged it.
First of all, I’m not a liberal. I’m a socialist so please get off of that shit.
Secondly, DO NOT come into my shit pretending to give a fuck about pregnancy outcomes if you actually support this. Because you don’t.
Oh and hey, guess what I actually am? I’m a graduate student studying maternal and child health! Whoa! I have actual knowledge about this subject! And that knowledge is what leads me to tell you this:
Criminalizing drug use for pregnant people DOES NOT STOP PEOPLE FROM USING DRUGS WHILE PREGNANT.
What it DOES do is make it so that people won’t access prenatal care during their pregnancy, and won’t seek help to STOP taking drugs while they’re pregnant. Why? Because they’re scared that assholes like you will throw them in jail because, hey, why should you have any empathy for an incubator?
Like ya’ll want to talk all about caring about babies yet every single policy you support has been shown to MAKE PREGNANCY OUTCOMES WORSE.
Restricted access to abortion? Makes pregnancy outcomes worse.
Restricted access to contraception (so that people can plan and properly space their pregnancies?) Makes pregnancy outcomes worse.
Criminalizing drug use during pregnancy? Makes pregnancy outcomes worse.
But hey, why do research when you can have blind moral superiority while you also do literally nothing to improve maternal health outcomes and in fact make them worse? Super pro-life, right? Super supportive of babies, right? So what if birth weights are worse? So what if more pregnant people die needlessly? At least this one person had to go to jail for life because they were an addict and pregnant at the same time.
Like sorry, but throwing this woman in jail for life isn’t going to do anything to improve anyone’s access to prenatal care. It’s not going to do anything to improve pregnancy outcomes for black women (which if I’m not mistaken this woman is?), who for currently unknown reasons have the worst pregnancy outcomes in the country across income brackets (although some studies point to the actual physical and emotional effects of anti-black racism in this country, but still nothing conclusive), which actually is a huge part of why our maternal health rates are so fucking abysmal. Ya’ll can’t do anything positive to improve those outcomes but you can throw some black and brown women in prison, right?
So unless ya’ll want to actually DO something about the SHIT MATERNAL HEALTH RATES we have in this supposedly wonderful and fully “developed” country, I am going to need you to shut entirely up about women “doing crack while pregnant” because your bullshit moralizing and politicization of birth and pregnancy practices actually HURTS rather than HELPS.
Why don’t ya’ll take responsibility for the consequences of YOUR actions and stop creating an environment in which more pregnant people and babies die?
I am so done with ya’ll I swear to god.