Speak Out Against Obstetric Violence: Justice for Rinat Dray Toolkit

Contact Northwell Health and ask them to resolve Rinat Dray’s case and to take steps to ensure pregnant patients are never again forced to undergo medical procedures without consent.


Rinat Dray was pregnant with her third child in 2011, and after two cesarean surgeries, she was committed to finding a provider who would be open to the possibility of, and respect her desire for, a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC). She chose Northwell Health’s Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH). Despite advertising itself as a VBAC-friendly hospital, Ms. Dray’s birth experience at SIUH was even worse than her previous ones.

Pregnancy Justice Activists Rally Against Northwell Health

Northwell Health's Staten Island University Hospital internal policy ("Managing Maternal Refusal") gives doctors the authority to take control of pregnant patients and force them to have medical procedures without their consent. This policy violates medical ethics and New York's Patient Bill of Rights.

Thousands Seek End to Forced Cesareans in NY and Justice for Rinat Dray

Today thousands of New Yorkers and others in the U.S. and from around the world are demanding that Northwell Health eliminate policies and practices that authorize forced or coerced medical interventions on pregnant patients in their facilities. Through a petition organized by Pregnancy Justice and delivered today to Northwell’s CEO and Board of Trustees, thousands of people join in calling on Northwell to ensure that no pregnant patient is again denied her constitutional and statutory rights to medical decision-making and bodily integrity as Rinat Dray was at Northwell's Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH).

Eight years after being forced to have cesarean surgery which injured her bladder, Rinat Dray has sued but has not received justice.

Pregnancy Justice Statement Condemning Call for Arrest of Pregnant Women

Pregnancy Justice Rejects Montana County Prosecutor's Call to Implement "The Handmaid's Tale"

Pregnancy Justice Advises Pregnant Women Not to "Self-Report" and the Public to Reject Incoherent and Inaccurate Claims Regarding Pregnant Women

On January 11, 2018, the Big Horn County Attorney's Office issued an announcement calling for the "immediate crackdown" on pregnant women that is outrageous, irresponsible, and dangerous to women, children, and families.

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Pregnancy Justice challenge to Wisconsin law will go to federal court

On Sept. 30, a federal district court judge issued a ruling that allows Pregnancy Justice to go forward with a constitutional challenge to Wisconsin's so-called "cocaine mom law.

Pregnancy Justice Traveled to Jacksonville, FL July 25-28 to Stand Our Ground for Marissa Alexander

Pregnancy Justice Traveled to Jacksonville, FL July 25-28 to Stand Our Ground for Marissa Alexander
July 23, 2014

The weekend of July 25 - 28, 2014, Pregnancy Justice's Director of Legal Advocacy, Sara Ainsworth, and Research & Program Associate, Laura Huss, attended and spoke at the "Standing Our Ground: Raising Our Voices against Reproductive Oppression and Violence against Women" conference and rally in Jacksonville, Florida.