The prosecution of Jennifer Whalen for purchasing her daughter abortion-inducing medication is reminiscent of the way that hospitals, Child Protective Services, and law enforcement have historically responded to drug use during pregnancy.
A letter sent by 48 reproductive justice, drug policy reform, women’s rights, and civil liberties organizations called on Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice to renounce a policy of enhancing a criminal sentence for crimes committed while pregnant.
Thousands of low-income Tennessee residents are without access to health care because the state’s $35.7 million computer system is unable to process the backlog of applicants.
The ruling, while limited, is the first loss for marriage equality advocates since the Supreme Court’s historic ruling last year in U.S. v. Windsor.
So far two states, Utah and Oklahoma, have filed petitions asking the Roberts Court to uphold their respective state bans on marriage equality. Elsewhere, attorneys for the State of Virginia filed their petition for review with the Roberts Court on Friday.
On this episode of Reality Cast, Jeff Teague of Planned Parenthood explains what’s going on in Tennessee with Amendment 1. Also, I review some of the recent anti-choice Senate testimony, and Lila Rose is arguing for “life” by suggesting it’s shameful to be curious about sex.
The legal landscape after the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision is taking shape, and it’s a mess.
The lawsuit, brought by three legal advocacy groups, makes several allegations, most basically that the state has created a series of bureaucratic hurdles that essentially prohibit access to the state’s Medicaid program, making it the most difficult state in which to enroll in Medicaid.
Chris Hayes reports on the first woman in Tennessee charged under the state’s new law that, advocates say, criminalizes pregnant women struggling with drug dependency. Dorothy Roberts, the George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, explains why the law is “bad policy.” [via MSNBC]
The law specifically criminalizes “the illegal use of a narcotic drug while pregnant, if [a woman’s] child is born addicted to or harmed by the narcotic drug.” But Mallory Loyola was arrested Tuesday for exposing her child to amphetamine, which is not a narcotic.