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First Woman Charged Under Tennessee’s Controversial Drugs-During-Pregnancy Law

First Woman Charged Under Tennessee’s Controversial Drugs-During-Pregnancy Law

 @NolanFeeney – July 14, 2014

The new law has garnered criticism from the state’s American Civil Liberties Union and others

A woman in Tennessee last week became the first person to be charged under a controversial state law that can count illegal drug use during pregnancy as assault.

26-year-old Mallory Loyola was arrested July 8 and charged with misdemeanor assault after she and her newborn baby tested positive for meth, ABC News reports. Monroe County Sheriff Bill Bivens told a local news station in Knoxville, Tenn., that Loyola admitted to smoking meth days before the birth of her child. Continue reading

Moms Living Clean a documentary-in-progress

Sheila Ganz, filmmaker

Six mothers with addictions on the verge of losing custody of their children enter an innovative substance abuse treatment program in San Rafael, California hoping to turn their lives around.  Filmed over three years the feature documentary Moms Living Clean chronicles the women’s struggles and triumphs through the six month residency and their transition back into the community.
Rachel escaped her abusive boyfriend with her two babies and wants to stop the cycle. Lisa S was in prison for selling drugs hopes to start over.  Leslie charged with online prostitution and drug use, works to rebuild her life after losing custody of her daughter.  Lisa R relapsed and is determined to make it this time.  Krista didn’t think she had a problem.  Julia wants her son to be drug-free.  Continue reading