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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 work-in-progress screening April 29 at MIT

Moms Living Clean work-in-progress screening:
Thursday, April 29, 2010 – 10:30am-12:15pm
Adoption: Secret Histories, Public Policies Conference
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA
followed by Q&A with Sheila Ganz, filmmaker
click here for information and registration


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How the War on Drugs Impacts Mothers with Addiction

Since America’s war on drugs mandatory sentencing law in 1986, incarceration of women has skyrocketed 400% and 800% for African American women. 80% of women in prison have substance abuse problems. 66% of incarcerated women have minor children.

Mothers who seek drug rehab, face a ‘Sophie’s choice’ dilemma with few options for treatment that includes childcare. When a child is removed to foster care, they become unintended victims bouncing from foster home to foster home and may age out as legal orphans. Only 20% of mothers reunify with their children in the foster care system.

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