Today, Pregnancy Justice along with numerous allies provided a joint submission to the United Nations, titled Criminalization and Civil Punishment of Pregnancy and Pregnancy Outcomes and joined another joint submission, titled Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice, to inform the U.N. Human Rights Council's upcoming review of the United States on the status of human rights in our country.
In May of 2020, the United Nations Human Rights Council will conduct its Universal Periodic Review of the U.S. and its human rights record. Pregnancy Justice has participated in this process in the past, and continues to bring attention to the problematic laws and policies that discriminate against and prosecute pregnant and parenting people in the U.S.. These submissions provide critical information to the Human Rights Council regarding laws and systems that undermine reproductive rights and health, as well as the criminal and civil legal systems that improperly surveil, prosecute and even incarcerate people based on their capacity for pregnancy or pregnancy outcomes. We are hopeful these reports will be informative and useful for the Council's 2020 review of the U.S., and contribute to effective recommendations for the U.S. to implement and work towards meeting all of its international human rights obligations.