Prosecuting Pregnancy

Number 27509
Subject Drugs
Source ProPublica/
Year 2015
Publication Date 7/31/15; 9/20/15; 9/23/15; 9/30/15; 11/20/15; 11/30/15
Summary The criminalization of drug use in pregnancy is universally opposed by health officials and drug policy experts. But the idea that prison is a fitting punishment for prenatal drug use has become widely accepted in Alabama. Starting in 2006, prosecutors began charging women who used drugs during pregnancy with “chemical endangerment,” a form of child abuse that carries a one to 10-year prison sentence if a baby is unharmed and up to 99 years if a baby dies.
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Keywords women; addicts; pregnancy; mothers
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