McKnight: Supreme Court Will Not Review Murder Conviction of Woman

Advocates Will Continue To Fight For Regina McKnight's Release And Against Criminalizing The Behavior of Pregnant Women

DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Lynn Paltrow, 212-255-9252

October 6, 2003 :
Tony Newman, 510-812-3126

Supreme Court Will Not Review Murder Conviction of Woman Who Suffered a Stillbirth South Carolina Woman Currently Serving 12 Years in Prison

Advocates Will Continue To Fight For Regina McKnight's Release And Against Criminalizing The Behavior of Pregnant Women

The U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision today not to review State of South Carolina v. Regina McKnight.

Punishing Women for Their Behavior During Pregnancy: An Approach That Undermines the Health of Women and Children

Punishing Women for Their Behavior During Pregnancy: An Approach That Undermines the Health of Women and Children
January 13, 2006

Download PDF file

For more than a decade, law enforcement personnel, judges, and elected officials nationwide have sought to punish women for their actions during pregnancy that may affect the fetuses they are carrying (Gallagher 1987). Women who are having children despite substance abuse problems have been a particular target, finding themselves pros- ecuted for such nonexistent crimes as 3fetal abuse2 and delivery of drugs through the umbilical cord.

CRIMINALIZING MOTHERHOOD

December 11, 2003
By: Silja J.A. Talvi, The Nation magazine, December 11, 2003

Regina McKnight is doing twelve years in prison for a stillbirth, carving out a dangerous intersection between the drug war and the antichoice movement. In the eyes of the South Carolina Attorney General's office, McKnight committed murder.

Petition Filed Today Seeking U.S. Supreme Court Review of Unprecedented South Carolina Decision Treating a Woman Who Suffered A Stillbirth as a Murderer

May 27, 2003
MEDIA ADVISORY Contact: 917-921-7421
FOR TUESDAY, May 27th, 2003

On May 27, 2003 counsel for Regina McKnight filed a petition with U.S. Court Supreme Court requesting review of a South Carolina Supreme Court decision that effectively rewrote the state's homicide by child abuse law to permit prosecution and conviction of pregnant women who experience stillbirths.

Punishment and Prejudice: Judging Drug-Using Pregnant Women

Download PDF file

Throughout the late 1980's and still today, "crack moms" and "crack babies" are the subject of vigorous public debate. Much of this public discussion has been governed by speculation and medical misinformation reported as fact in both medical journals and in the popular press and has been extremely judgmental and punitive in many instances.

Pregnant Drug Users, Fetal Persons and the Threat to Roe v. Wade

January 13, 1999

Download PDF file

By: Lynn Paltrow, 62 Albany Law Review 999 (1999)

Roe v. Wade marked only the beginning of the struggle for reproductive justice for all women. Many women fall outside of its "core" protections. Among these are drug addicted pregnant women.

Criminal Prosecutions Against Pregnant Women: National Update and Overview

January 31, 1992

Download PDF file

This documents the cases of an estimated 167 women who have been arrested on criminal charges because of their behavior during pregnancy or because they became pregnant while addicted to drugs. The cases are from twenty-four states.