CrimProf Blog

Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

"She Used Drugs While Pregnant. Should She Be in Prison? After having a stillbirth, Adora Perez was charged with murder."

From New York Magazine, via NACDL's news-of-interest:

Prosecutors in many states are increasingly sending people to prison for failing to sufficiently protect their fetus. Right now, those cases are largely restricted to punishing mothers who use illegal drugs, but reproductive-health advocates argue that they lay the groundwork for prosecuting parents who jaywalk or drink wine or even have abortions. As Adora’s case continues to play out, the Kings County district attorney’s office maintains an interpretation of the law that could shape the future of not only stillbirth cases but the rights of all people who can and do become pregnant.

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