The History of Coercion Dressed Up As Care Is a Long One

June 25, 2021

“I have a lot to say, so bear with me,” Britney Spears said as she began her testimony against the conservatorship that has controlled her since 2008. By now, the transcript of Spears’s 24-minute account—given over the telephone to L.A. probate judge Barbara Penny this past Wednesday—has been shared across the world, inciting fans and allies to call for the court to finally #freebritney.

This was the first time Spears had spoken out
at length about the hold the conservatorship has issued over her life, art,
finances, and even her own body. As well as alleging that she was forced to
work “seven days a week, with no days off,” Spears claimed that her body had
been policed through medical interventions she had no choice but to endure.


USA: Coercion Is at the Heart of Social Conservatives’ Reproductive Health Agenda

Coercion Is at the Heart of Social Conservatives’ Reproductive Health Agenda
Joerg Dreweke, Guttmacher Institute
First published online: February 7, 2018


Coercive intent and practices are at the core of social conservatives’ reproductive health agenda, including virtually every reproductive health–related initiative from the Trump administration and social conservatives in Congress over the past year.
Coercion can take many forms, including withholding information, obstructing access to health services or providers, attempting to ban services outright and empowering third parties to impose their views on others.
Such coercive measures particularly target people who are in vulnerable positions, for instance because of their immigration status, youth or lack of financial resources.


US court blocks immigrant teenager’s bid to obtain abortion

US court blocks immigrant teenager's bid to obtain abortion

US government has until 31 October to approve a sponsor who could help the 17-year-old obtain an abortion

Saturday 21 October 2017

A US appeals court on Friday prevented an illegal immigrant teenager detained by the government from immediately obtaining an abortion, although it left open the possibility she could undergo the procedure within days.

The decision by a US court of appeals for the District of Columbia circuit panel gave the government until 31 October to approve a sponsor, who could help the 17-year-old obtain the procedure without the government’s assistance.

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