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Pregnant Texas Woman Denied Methadone Treatment in Jail Released to Home Monitoring

Jessica De Samito, who is six months pregnant and needs methadone maintenance therapy to maintain her pregnancy, will continue treatment at home.

Jessica De Samito, who is six months pregnant and needs methadone maintenance therapy to maintain her pregnancy, will continue treatment at home.

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First Woman Arrested Under Tennessee Pregnancy Criminalization Law, for a Drug Not Covered Under the Law

Mallory Loyola was arrested Tuesday under a new Tennessee law that criminalizes mothers whose babies are exposed to certain illegal drugs in utero.

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.

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Texas Jailers Deny Pregnant Navy Vet Medication Needed to Continue Her Pregnancy

A graphic created by National Advocates for Pregnant Women to promote justice for Jessica De Samito, who says a Texas county jail is withholding the methadone treatment she needs to sustain her pregnancy.

Advocates for 30-year-old Jessica De Samito, who is 24 weeks pregnant, say a Texas county jail is withholding the methadone treatment she needs to sustain her pregnancy.

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Legal Wrap: The Conservative Pipeline to Government

Conservatives have found a new way to take over state and federal government, and it looks like Democrats are uniting in opposition to the nomination of Michael Boggs to the federal bench.

Conservatives have found a new way to take over state and federal government, and it looks like Democrats are uniting in opposition to the nomination of Michael Boggs to the federal bench.

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How Marijuana Legalization Leaves Mothers and Pregnant Women Behind

A medical marijuana dispensary in Denver.

The legislative push to punish women for marijuana use during pregnancy is based not on science suggesting harm from which to protect children, but the notion of fetal rights.

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The Struggle and Strength of Mothers With Addictions

The author, Roxanne Ambrose.

The stigma put on addiction and addicts has been very painful for me. For much of my life, I have felt like society judged women like me, throwing us away as if our lives didn’t hold any value. Despite our struggles, we eat, breathe, and bleed like everybody else. We are human.

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Alabama Supreme Court Justices Make Case for Prosecuting Abortions

The justices of the Alabama Supreme Court

In a decision interpreting the state’s chemical endangerment statute, two justices of the Alabama Supreme Court argued for jailing women who terminate pregnancies.

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Tennessee Governor Signs Bill Criminalizing Pregnant Women

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (above) signed a bill Tuesday that will allow criminal charges against women who struggle with drug dependency during their pregnancy.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill Tuesday that will allow criminal charges against women who struggle with drug dependency during their pregnancy.

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Tennessee’s Pregnancy Criminalization Law Will Hit Black Women the Hardest

SB 1391 may not target Black women specifically, but history tells us that laws that do not specifically target people of color nevertheless tend to disparately affect people of color.

SB 1391 may not target Black women specifically, but history tells us that laws that do not specifically target people of color nevertheless tend to disparately affect people of color.

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Tennessee Legislature Passes Far-Reaching Bill That Could Make Pregnant Women Criminals

The Tennessee state legislature gave final approval Wednesday to a bill that allows women to be charged with assault if they have a pregnancy complication after using illegal drugs.

The Tennessee state legislature gave final approval Wednesday to a bill that allows women to be charged with assault if they have a pregnancy complication after using illegal drugs. Advocates argue that the bill is so poorly written that it could subject any woman with a poor pregnancy outcome to criminal investigation.

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