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US research reveals widespread mistreatment of pregnant women

16th January 2013

A study just published in the USA finds horrifying mistreatment of pregnant women based on misguided application of ‘pro-life’ laws. The groundbreaking research reveals how attempts to create a separate legal entity for fetuses have led to arrests, detentions, and forced medical interventions on pregnant women. Co-authored by Lynn Paltrow at National Advocates for Pregnant … Read more

Shocking report into use of force on pregnant immigration detainees

14th January 2013

The Guardian has reported today on the UK Borders Agency refusal to stop its security contractors (the notorious G4S) using force to remove pregnant women from the UK. Pregnant women have reported being mistreated by G4S staff – including being pushed in the stomach and dragged around the floor. The Prison Inspectorate reported on mistreatment … Read more

Birthrights on Woman's Hour!

14th January 2013

Birthrights featured on Woman’s Hour today discussing respecting women’s choices in childbirth. Elizabeth Prochaska, Birthrights founder and board member, was interviewed by Jenny Garvey with Daghni Rajasingam, consultant obstetrician and spokesperson for RCOG. You can listen here.

High Court decision on mental capacity of pregnant women

10th January 2013

Pregnant women with severe learning difficulties “may very well retain capacity to make deeply personal decisions about their own medical care”. A great decision from Mr Justice Hedley sitting in the Court of Protection. The woman, who is unnamed for legal reasons, has very severe learning difficulties and is said to be in the bottom … Read more

Birthrights in the Observer!

16th December 2012

Birthrights front and centre in this Observer feature about human rights in childbirth. Birthrights founder, Elizabeth Prochaska, quoted.

Premiere screening of Freedom for Birth – Rio Cinema, Dalston

27th August 2012

Birthrights is co-hosting a free screening of this exciting new documentary about human rights in childbirth. It will be held at the Rio Cinema, Dalston, at 6.15pm on 20 September 2012. You can see a trailer for the film featuring Birthrights lawyer, Elizabeth Prochaska, here. For more information, visit