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Here’s Where Your Living Will Can Be Ignored When You’re A Pregnant Woman

Frightening, but I guess there’s no better way to show you think women are no better than incubators than ignoring their living will. 

In an indicator of the role that amateur video now plays in the news landscape, 40% of all the television user-generated content analyzed and 20% of digital content dealt with the conflict in Syria, a very dangerous environment for newsgathering. According to the press monitoring group Reporters Without Borders in the past three years, 117 citizens reporting the news have been killed in Syria compared with 36 professional journalists.

Pint-Sized Shame: A single mama rethinks her daughter’s right to self-adornment | Two Lips 

Online sexual harassment criminalized in Egypt – Egyptian Streets 

well that seems random and will not make any difference on the ground.

Mutha Magazine » Sarah Maria Medina REFLECTS ON SINGLE MOTHERHOOD 

fuck.

Rennie Gibbs’s daughter, Samiya, was a month premature when she simultaneously entered the world and left it, never taking a breath. To experts who later examined the medical record, the stillborn infant’s most likely cause of death was also the most obvious: the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck.

But within days of Samiya’s delivery in November 2006, Steven Hayne, Mississippi’s de facto medical examiner at the time, came to a different conclusion. Autopsy tests had turned up traces of a cocaine byproduct in Samiya’s blood, and Hayne declared her death a homicide, caused by “cocaine toxicity.”

In early 2007, a Lowndes County grand jury indicted Gibbs, a 16-year-old black teen, for “depraved heart murder” — defined under Mississippi law as an act “eminently dangerous to others…regardless of human life.” By smoking crack during her pregnancy, the indictment said, Gibbs had “unlawfully, willfully, and feloniously” caused the death of her baby. The maximum sentence: life in prison.

Seven years and much legal wrangling later, Gibbs could finally go on trial this spring — part of a wave of “fetal harm” cases across the country in recent years that pit the rights of the mother against what lawmakers, health care workers, prosecutors, judges, jurors, and others view as the rights of the unborn child.

A judge is said to be likely to decide this week if the case should move forward or be dismissed. Assuming it continues, whether Gibbs becomes the first woman ever convicted by a Mississippi jury for the loss of her pregnancy could turn on a fundamental question that has received surprisingly little scrutiny so far by the courts: Is there scientific proof that cocaine can cause lasting damage to a child exposed in the womb, or are the conclusions reached by Hayne and prosecutors based on faulty analysis and junk science?

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A New View of Drug-Addicted Moms 

nitanahkohe:

seriously! mothers with substance abuse problems should be offered help to get clean and become the kind of parent their children need—putting the kids in foster care indefinitely while their mothers are criminalized and further traumatized is not the solution.

A New Mexico state task force’s report found that some women decide not to seek prenatal treatment because they fear they’ll be arrested for testing positive for drugs. In turn, it recommended that the state develop more comprehensive programming aimed at harm reduction among pregnant moms and create a public education campaign to bring attention to services that are already available.

The task force’s findings are even more important in light of what’s been happening nationwide. Late last month, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill into law that criminalizes moms who use drugs during pregnancy, making it the first state in the country to explicitly allow prosecutors to do so. Last year, health officials reported 855 cases of babies being born addicted to drugs. But critics of such legislation contend that criminalizing pregnant moms will only make addiction worse. “A pregnant woman struggling with drug or alcohol dependency will now be deterred from seeking the prenatal care she needs,” Hedy Weinberg, the executive director of the ACLU of Tennessee, told The Tennessean.

“It’s not something that people do for fun,” one mother says of drug and alcohol addiction. “A lot of times we’re told, ‘if you love your kids, you wouldn’t do it.’ But it hasn’t nothing to do with the love you have for your kids. It’s a sickness…When you’re judged as a drug addict and a parent, it’s a lot harder to become sober and clean because you just want to numb what they say about you.”

Questlove on When Black Loses Its Cool -- Vulture 

Cause of Preeclampsia 

thanks to ash for this. it is great information. solid.

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