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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

"Drug users delivering stillbirths could face murder rap if this California case advances"

From the Los Angeles Times, via NACDL's News-of-Interest:

If Becker’s case goes to trial, it will be the first time a California court has permitted the murder prosecution of a woman for acts she committed while pregnant that resulted in the loss of her child. “A woman could be charged with murder for jaywalking if that resulted in the end of her pregnancy,” Chou said.

In a legal filing justifying the charge, prosecutors cited two research articles, saying they show it’s public knowledge “that a mother’s methamphetamine use can cause serious harm or death to a viable unborn child.”

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