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.

It’s a Miracle–Not!

It's a Miracle--Not!
February 27, 2006

The Pax Cable Television Station had a show called It's a Miracle purporting to report on real miracles. This particular episode concerned a family who adopted a so called "crack" baby that miraculously turned out to be fine despite the damage the prenatal cocaine exposure allegedly caused.

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

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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.

Most female prisoners are Black

March 23, 2005
By: Monica M. Lewis, BlackAmericaWeb.com, March 23, 2005

From 1980 to 2000, the number of women in prison increased nearly twice as fast as the number of men.

Black women are three-fourths of the record-setting number of females in state and local prisons, according to a criminal justice expert.

Top Medical Doctors and Scientists Urge Major Media Outlets to Stop Perpetuating “Crack Baby” Myth

February 25, 2004
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PRESS RELEASE
Signatories from Leading Hospitals and Research Institutes in US and Canada Agree That Term Lacks Scientific Basis and Is Dangerous to Children

Letter Sent to Washington Post, Arizona Republic, LA Weekly, Charleston Post and Courier, Amarillo Globe-News and Other Media Using These Terms

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.

BLAMING MOM: Women Convicted for Bullied Son’s Suicide, Stillborn Child

October 17, 2003
By: Siobhan Morrissey, ABA Journal eReport (American Bar Association), October 17, 2003

While most states have provisions that deal with parental responsibility for the actions of their minor children, two recent cases indicate some states are expanding on that legal concept.