What is Known About Reproductive Autonomy Among Justice-Involved Black Women? A Scoping Review

Allison D. Crawford, Tiffany N. Ricks, Elizabeth Polinard, Christine W. Abbyad

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Abstract

Objective: There are approximately 231,000 women detained daily within the nation’s jail and prison systems with women of color making up nearly half of those experiencing incarceration. The purpose of this scoping review was to synthesize the literature on the reproductive autonomy of Black women influenced by incarceration, using the three tenets of reproductive justice. Methods: We searched PubMed, CINAHL, SocINDEX, and PsycINFO for research related to reproductive justice written in English and published in the United States from 1980 to 2022. A review of 440 article titles and abstracts yielded 32 articles for full-text review; nine articles met inclusion. Results: Eight addressed Tenet 1; five mentioned Tenet 2; none addressed Tenet 3. Recognition of the influence of incarceration on the reproductive autonomy of Black women is limited. Conclusion: The findings from this review suggest a need to address (a) reproductive choice, (b) support goals, and (c) support of justice-involved Black women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-388
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Transcultural Nursing
Volume34
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2023

Keywords

  • discrimination
  • mass incarceration
  • reproductive justice
  • women’s health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing

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