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Chelian, Renee. “Remarks on the ‘CRACK’ Program: Coercing Women’s Reproductive.” Journal of Law in Society 5 (n.d.): 187-.


In this article, Renee Chelian, the president of the Michigan affiliate of NARAL Pro-Choice America, lays out NARAL’s opposition to C.R.A.C.K. programs, which are private programs that offer money to drug users in exchange for sterilization or long-term contraception usage. Chelian gives a short background of C.R.A.C.K., and argues that the program is harmful for four reasons: (1) it dehumanizes women struggling with addiction, (2) it fails to address the problem of addiction, (3) it targets poor women of color, and (4) it raises serious ethical concerns and compromises reproductive freedom. At five pages, this article provides a concise, clear explanation of the problem with programs such as C.R.A.C.K. It is useful for anyone looking for examples of reproductive coercion, particularly of poor women of color, in the U.S.


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Contraception/birth control   Ethics   Sterilization