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Editor: Tracy A. Thomas
University of Akron School of Law

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Law Professor Refutes False Claims that New York's Reproductive Healthcare Act Increases Domestic Violence

Julie Goldscheid,  National Advocates for Pregnant Women Issued a Statement Challenging False Claims Linking Laws Criminalizing Abortion and Related Feticide Laws with Protecting Women from Violence 

Some reports following New York’s passage of the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) asserted that the RHA somehow increases the risk of gender violence. NAPW and Professor Julie Goldscheid (CUNY Law School) authored a statement challenging those claims, and other false claims linking laws criminalizing abortion and related feticide laws with protection of women from violence.

 

Claims that laws such as the RHA pose a threat to women’s safety, and that laws criminalizing abortion somehow protect people from gender violence are dangerous and totally unfounded. We write to speak out against gender violence in all its forms and to oppose false claims about criminal abortion laws that distract attention from real threats to life and health. 

We call for laws and policies based on evidence-based research and urge all those who are truly concerned with preventing intimate partner and other forms of gender violence to oppose laws that can be used to criminalize people for seeking to control their bodies and their lives. Instead, they should support universal health care and other needed services for everyone, including survivors.

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/gender_law/2019/07/law-professor-refutes-false-claims-that-new-yorks-reproductive-healthcare-act-increases-domestic-vio.html

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