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The US is locking up pregnant immigrants despite policy against it

Tweet According to official Immigration and Customs Enforcement guidelines, pregnant immigrants aren’t supposed to be detained except if they pose a public safety threat. ICE officials have claimed this is such a rare occurrence it’s not even worth asking about.  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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New report shows how the principle of “personhood” is already criminalizing pregnancy in the US

Tweet Regina McKnight was charged with homicide by child abuse after the state said her cocaine use caused her to have a stillbirth. It was later determined that the stillbirth was due to an infection, and her conviction was overturned–after she’d already served eight years in prison. Laura Pemberton wanted to have a vaginal birth after having had a [...]
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