Purvi Patel’s pregnancy ended with a medical emergency—and a 20-year prison sentence.
We cannot allow Purvi Patel to be invisible. We cannot allow other young women of color to be stereotyped and prosecuted instead of being offered the reproductive and mental-health care they need. It is important to draw attention to the insidious ways in which Asian-American women are being singled out for reproductive injustice, and to the many ways in which racism and sexism meet. Our lives— all of our lives— depend on it.