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Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Reader 1

Piya Chatterjee

Reader 2

Roberto Sirvent

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Abolition and reproductive justice go hand and hand. Both incarceration and reproductive oppression work to dictate one’s autonomy and freedom of choice. While incarcerated, bodies are surveilled and regulated through violent tactics that are deemed “legal” and therefore, acceptable. This thesis centers the reproductive issues that people in women’s prisons and jails face, such as access to abortion, conditions while pregnant and in labor, as well as after-birth care and support. Through specific legislation, feminist theory, and personal testimonies, this thesis aims to analyze how prisons and jails in California use eugenicist tactics to control and oppress incarcerated individuals.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.