When we say we cannot afford quality child care for all, culturally supportive birth options, and fair housing, we are being disingenuous. What we are saying is that we prefer to spend the money in other ways.
From 2013 to 2020, women imprisoned while pregnant had not committed a new crime — 77 percent had been incarcerated for a technical violation, such as violating parole by not checking in with a probation officer.
“For Black women in America, an inescapable atmosphere of societal and systemic racism can create a kind of toxic physiological stress resulting in conditions, including hypertension and pre-eclampsia, that lead directly to higher rates of infant and maternal death.” — Linda Villarosa
For expectant mothers behind bars, Isis Rising offers much-needed support. “I absolutely believe that every single woman, regardless of her place in life or the choices she made, has the right to have a healthy, positive birth experience for herself and for her baby.”