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I supplement the vignettes of asylum hearings with interviews with immigration judges and immigration attorneys. Asylum hearings in immigration court are public hearings.

Gordon argues that the passage of situated abortion as a “right to self-determination” (Gordon 1974, p. The right to determine whether one wanted to terminate an unwanted pregnancy positively impacted women of all races and classes but women of color in particular, as Rickie Solinger argues, since it was mostly women of color who died from “botched procedures” (Solinger 2005).

Despite this victory and others that impacted all women, women continued to be divided along race and class lines that affected whether they view the state as the guardian of reproductive rights or the perpetrator of coerced reproductive practices.

Therefore, the asylum hearings comprise the primary source of data for this project.