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Project Prevention, Child Welfare, and Junk Science

Project Prevention Is Stigmatizing Pregnant and Parenting Women Who Use Drugs


Project Prevention pays drug-using women $300 to get sterilized or use long-acting birth control methods, with expanding international programs targeting women living with HIV. Its approach relies on medical misinformation and stigmatizes pregnant and parenting women who use drugs, as well as their children.

Following the screening of a short video from National Advocates for Pregnant WomenProject Prevention: Mothers and Children Speak Out, experts discussed how the war on drugs has expanded far beyond the criminal justice system.


  • Dinah Adames & Sabra Jackson, Parent Advocates
  • Lynn Paltrow, JD, Executive Director, National Advocates for Pregnant Women
  • Emma Ketteringham, JD, Managing Attorney, Family Defense Practice of The Bronx Defenders
  • Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch, MSW, Director, Global Drug Policy Program, Open Society Foundations
  • Carl Hart, PhD, Associate Professor, Columbia University
  • Robert Newman, MD, MPH, President Emeritus, Beth Israel Medical Center

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