The war on drugs involves criminal laws that prohibit possession and distribution of certain substances by certain groups of people. It also responds to a public health issues (drug dependency) through the criminal law system. Laws that prohibit common human activities - such as drinking alcohol, using drugs, and having abortions have all failed to stop those activities. As we know, when abortion was fully criminalized in the U.S. it is estimated that between 200,000 and 1 million women had abortions each year. And clearly neither alcohol nor drug prohibition stopped the use of those substances. While many people feel that the war on drugs is a completely separate issue from the war on abortion, history, and experience at NAPW demonstrates how these two mechanisms of government control are connected and synergistic when it comes to efforts to end the right to choose abortion and give government authorities power to control pregnant people.
This Webinar will provide an overview of the war on drugs and discuss how it is providing the design and methods for depriving pregnant people of their right to abortion and their status as full rights bearing persons.
Panelists include: Lynn M. Paltrow, Deborah Small, Amber Khan