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Alabama County Jails Pregnant Women For Months to “Protect” Their Fetuses
Posted by: btfc
Date: September 08, 2022 06:36PM
“ It was Ashley Banks’s alleged use of marijuana while pregnant that landed her in an Alabama jail in May. And it was a drug program’s determination that she was ineligible for treatment that kept her there.

Banks, 23, was charged with chemical endangerment of a child after police allegedly found marijuana on her during a traffic stop, her lawyers wrote in court filings. She admitted that she had smoked marijuana on the day she learned she was pregnant — two days earlier — but says in court records that it was before she confirmed her pregnancy.

Banks’s statement to police, however, subjected her to what her lawyers say is a policy in northeast Alabama’s Etowah County: Almost all pregnant or postpartum women who are charged with endangering their fetus via drugs have to remain in jail until they complete a drug-treatment program, without an assessment of whether that condition is appropriate for them.

The policy, previously reported by AL.com, kept Banks in the Etowah County Detention Center for three months while she endured severe vaginal bleeding and two emergency room visits that left her fearful for her high-risk pregnancy. A court-contracted substance abuse agency twice told her that she didn’t qualify for treatment because she wasn’t addicted to drugs, leaving her in limbo until a judge granted her release Aug. 25 on conditions that did not include drug treatment. “


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Re: Alabama County Jails Pregnant Women For Months to “Protect” Their Fetuses
Posted by: Tiangou
Date: September 08, 2022 07:03PM
No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

...Except for women, ethnic minorities and democrats.



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Re: Alabama County Jails Pregnant Women For Months to “Protect” Their Fetuses
Posted by: RgrF
Date: September 08, 2022 07:12PM
Whatever happened to "The New South" we were told about?
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Re: Alabama County Jails Pregnant Women For Months to “Protect” Their Fetuses
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: September 08, 2022 09:02PM
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RgrF
Whatever happened to "The New South" we were told about?
Republicans.
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Re: Alabama County Jails Pregnant Women For Months to “Protect” Their Fetuses
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: September 09, 2022 02:07AM
And so, “The Handmaid’s Tale” continues to slide from speculative fiction to cautionary tale to a clarion call to be ignored at our peril.



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Re: Alabama County Jails Pregnant Women For Months to “Protect” Their Fetuses
Posted by: Janit
Date: September 09, 2022 04:51AM
Willing to kill the fetus in order to save it.
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Re: Alabama County Jails Pregnant Women For Months to “Protect” Their Fetuses
Posted by: Diana
Date: September 09, 2022 09:23AM
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Janit
Willing to kill the fetus in order to save it.

Yes.

Saving, or controlling? Take your pick.
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Re: Alabama County Jails Pregnant Women For Months to “Protect” Their Fetuses
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: September 09, 2022 09:42AM
Oh, but "don't vote for Democrats, because they want to take away your freedoms."

I lived in the UK for 12 years. After moving to rural US, I felt stifled to a greater degree than I ever felt in the UK. For all this talk of "freedom," I just wasn't experiencing it.

When I moved to a largely Democratic city, my life improved tremendously.
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Re: Alabama County Jails Pregnant Women For Months to “Protect” Their Fetuses
Posted by: Acer
Date: September 09, 2022 02:17PM
Nosing about everybody else's business has long been a major past time in boot-strap country.
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