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HomeHealthHealthstyles, July 2, 2015: Imprisonment for Miscarrying

Healthstyles, July 2, 2015: Imprisonment for Miscarrying

wbai - CopyAround the world, pregnant women are ending up in prison when they miscarry. In some cases, women are being mandated to have caesarean sections to try to ensure a viable fetus, even if it means that a woman’s risk of dying increases. This is occurring as laws are increasingly passed that afford fertilized eggs, embryos and fetuses “personhood” status with full legal protections, even if the life of the mother is in jeopardy. And this includes for women who wanted to carry their pregnancy to term, with no intention of having an abortion.


Tomorrow on Healthstyles, producer Diana Mason, PhD, RN, discusses this issue with Nancy Sharts-Hopko, PhD, RN, a professor of Villanova University and expert in women’s health. You can listen to the interview by clicking here:

Producer Liz Seegert opens the program with health news and talks with Diana Mason after the interview. So tune in at 1:00 on WBAI, 99.5 FM in New York City, or go to for the live stream of the program.


Healthstyles is sponsored by the Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York.


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Diana is a co-director of the GW Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement and founder of HealthCetera. She was previously president of the American Academy of Nursing. She is senior policy professor at George Washington University and the Rudin Professor of Nursing at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. She is a health policy expert and leader. Diana tweets @djmasonrn.

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  • Ireland recently became the first country in the world to introduce same sex marriage by popular vote, yet it has been criticised for having one of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws with women facing up to 14 years in prison I’ve just written a blog about the need for calm, respectful debate on repealing the law