Britney Spears Is Unique—Her Forced IUD Isn’t

One of the most talked-about revelations from Britney Spears’ testimony Wednesday: She has been forced to use an IUD under the terms of the conservatorship she has been living under for 13 years, NPR reports.
 
That fact sent shock waves through the media—but it really shouldn’t have, given the everyday reality of reproductive coercion in America’s legal and cultural fabric, The 19th reports.
 
These norms stretch back to the country’s founding—from brutal medical experiments performed on enslaved people to the long legacy of controlling the reproductive lives of people with disabilities.
 
Even now, the US has no federal oversight on regulating reproductive health care in prisons and jails.
 
However singular it may seem, Spears’ story—that of an iconic, wealthy white woman—offers a much broader lesson:
 
“So the takeaway also is, ‘Can you imagine for Black and brown women, for women of color who are also facing similar dynamics, but don’t have the same privilege?’” says social justice lawyer Leah Goodridge.
 

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