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Connecting Police Violence With Reproductive Health

Premkumar, Ashish MD; Nseyo, Onouwem MD; Jackson, Andrea V. MD, MAS

doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000001731
Contents: Current Commentary

Since the police-involved deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, activists have argued for connecting police violence with reproductive justice. We argue that systematic violence, including police violence, should be evaluated in relation to reproductive health outcomes of individual patients and communities. Beyond emphasizing the relationship between violence and health outcomes, both qualitative and epidemiologic data can be used by activists and caregivers to effectively care for individuals from socially marginalized communities.

Health care providers and researchers should investigate the relationship among police violence, race, and reproductive health outcomes.

Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California.

Corresponding author: Ashish Premkumar, MD, 550 16th Street, 7th Floor, OBGYN, Mailstop 0132, San Francisco, CA 94143-0132; email:

Each author has indicated that he or she has met the journal's requirements for authorship.

Financial Disclosure The authors did not report any potential conflicts of interest.

© 2016 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.