MSNBC Guest: Trump’s SCOTUS Pick Will Jail Women For Miscarriages

Amber Athey Podcast Columnist
Font Size:

Dorothy Roberts, a University of Pennsylvania law professor, claimed on MSNBC that President Trump’s SCOTUS pick will “criminalize” women.


During a Wednesday MSNBC panel about who Trump will choose to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, Roberts warned that any conservative judge will severely limit access to abortion and even jail women who have miscarriages or still births.

Roberts complained that “black women, primarily” were prosecuted for using drugs during their pregnancies and added, “prosecutors [are] already putting women in jail for still births, for miscarriages, and for botched abortions.”

“It’s a very thin line between putting a woman in prison for a still birth or a miscarriage that she’s blamed for, for something she did during her pregnancy, and criminalizing abortions,” Roberts claimed. “So we’re already at that point, and I agree with Jennifer that women and others have to protest against this continued criminalization of women, harms to our health, and what I think is misogynistic laws against women.”

 Follow Amber on Twitter