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Colorado’s ‘Personhood’ Amendment Is an Attack on Women of Color

If Colorado expands the definition of "person" and "child" in its criminal code to include "unborn human beings," the results would be especially devastating for Latina women and other women of color.

If Colorado expands the definition of “person” and “child” in its criminal code to include “unborn human beings,” the results would be especially devastating for Latina women and other women of color.

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Advocates Urge Justice Department to Renounce the Criminalization of 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.

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.

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Is Colorado’s ‘Personhood’ Amendment a Sweeping Approach to Ban Abortion?

A measure on the Colorado ballot has been compared to “fetal homicide” laws in dozens of states, but the measure is more far-reaching, and could subject pregnant women to prosecution for everything from choosing abortion to driving without wearing a seat belt.

A measure on the Colorado ballot has been compared to “fetal homicide” laws in dozens of states, but the measure is more far-reaching, and could subject pregnant women to prosecution for everything from choosing abortion to driving without wearing a seat belt.

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Alabama ‘Lawyers for Fetuses’ Law Latest Sign of Creeping Fetal ‘Personhood’ Rights

A lawsuit filed by the ACLU challenges an Alabama law that appoints a lawyer to a fetus in judicial bypass proceedings.

“The fetus basically gets two lawyers to try and stop the minor from getting an abortion in a way that no other state’s law comes close to doing,” said Andrew Beck, one of the ACLU attorneys challenging the Alabama law on behalf of a Montgomery abortion clinic, arguing it is unconstitutional.

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Keep Mothers Out of Jail: Vote ‘No’ on Colorado’s ‘Personhood’ Measure

Pregnant woman driving

Amendment 67 is not a law designed to protect pregnant women; rather, it would give law enforcement officials grounds to potentially imprison mothers.

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Montana Judge Drops Child Endangerment Charges Against Pregnant Woman

A judge has dropped charges brought against a pregnant Montana woman who was arrested after failing a drug test in late August.

A judge has dropped charges brought against a pregnant Montana woman who was arrested after failing a drug test in late August.

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The Criminal Justice System Is Failing Black Families

Marissa Alexander’s story resonates with me, not because I am a mother, or even a past victim of domestic violence, but because my life has been greatly affected by the systematic expansion of the prison system and excessive criminalization of my community.

Dr. Dorothy Roberts is right: Incarceration of women “inflicts incalculable damage to communities …. [transferring] racial disadvantage to the next generation.”

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Pregnant Montana Woman Arrested for Positive Drug Test

A Montana woman who is 12 weeks pregnant is being charged with criminal endangerment of a child after failing a drug test.

A Montana woman who is 12 weeks pregnant is being charged with criminal endangerment of a child after failing a drug test.

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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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