US woman charged after drugs discovered in still-born’s system
Jess McCabe // 25 June 2007
An Oklahoma woman has been charged with first-degree murder, because her still-born baby had drugs in his system, reports KOTV.
Tests on Theresa Lee Hernandez’s still-born baby found methamphetamines, but over 150 medical and health groups oppose the prosecution, and have sent a letter of protest to the authorities – noting that it is unlikely that drug use was to blame.
As Dr. Dana Stone, the Oklahoma state chair for the American College
of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and one of the experts signing the letter, explained: “Stillbirths and miscarriages are unfortunately a
risk of pregnancy for all women. Prosecuting women for pregnancy loss
based on what they allegedly did or didn’t do will only deter women
seeking prenatal care and drug treatment, and that’s ultimately bad for babies.”
(via Women of Color Blog)