Medical Justice’s report raises several important issues related to the detention of pregnant women, which also underscore the need for further research on this topic. Although the broader literature on immigration detention has focused on physical and mental healthcare issues facing and experienced by detainees, less attention has been given to pregnancy and reproductive health. The report discusses issues pertaining to: antenatal care; informed consent for healthcare services; prescriptions for malaria prophylaxis; and the use of force during deportations. The report also points to the need for gender-specific healthcare services that take into account detained women’s experiences of gendered violence, including rape, torture, and trafficking, and their needs in relation to miscarriages and high-risk pregnancies.
The full report can be read here.