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Mother will spend at least one year in prison for getting her daughter abortion pills

Tweet Jennifer Whalen, the Pennsylvania mother charged with a felony for helping her daughter get an abortion, has been sentenced to up to 18 months in prison.  Tweet
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Another Indiana woman is being charged with feticide after seeking medical help

TweetA few years after Indiana tried to charge Bei Bei Shuai with feticide after she attempted suicide, the state is now going after another woman for the crime. Purvi Patel went to the ER with vaginal bleeding after delivering a fetus at home. Initially, prosecutors charged Patel with “felony neglect,” claiming the fetus was born alive and [...]
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Texas woman files federal lawsuit after birth in solitary confinement results in baby’s death

Tweet A Texas woman has filed a lawsuit claiming that she was forced to give birth in solitary confinement, causing the death of her baby: Tweet
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“For Tennessee lawmakers, punishing pregnant women is more important than protecting fetal life.”

TweetAs I mentioned yesterday, Tennessee has officially become the first state in the country to criminalize drug use during pregnancy. The new law, which was signed by the Governor yesterday despite the best efforts of reproductive justice advocates, holds pregnant people criminally liable for harm caused to their fetuses or newborns.  Tweet
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Tennessee could become the first state to criminalize pregnancy

TweetLast week Tennessee passed legislation that would make drug use during a pregnancy a criminal offense. If the governor doesn’t veto it, the state would be allowed to investigate every miscarriage, stillbirth, and baby born with birth defects to try to determine if drugs played a role, turning any pregnant person into a potential suspect. We’ve [...]
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