Tennessee’s Fetal Assault Law: Understanding its impact on marginalized women

In 2014, Tennessee became the first state to enact a law authorizing the arrest of women in relationship to their pregnancies. Sold to the public as a law designed to address only issue of opioid use by pregnant women, it actually established broad state authority to arrest pregnant women for the crime of fetal assault if they intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly (no intent needed) caused bodily injury to eggs, embryos, or fetuses as a result of an "unlawful act" or an "unlawful omission.

Peligro en el voto

Peligro en el voto

por L. Indra Lusero y Lynn M. Paltrow

Imaginemos una ley que establece que con el embarazo la mujer pierde el derecho a la integridad del cuerpo, la vida y la libertad. ¿Parece descabellado? Lamentablemente, la respuesta es “no, de ninguna manera”. De hecho, en Colorado existe un proyecto de ley con tal fin llamado “Enmienda sobre la vida humana” para la Constitución del Estado.

NAPW response letter to the proposed regulations

Thomas A. Scully
Administrator
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services,
Department of Health and Human Services
Attention: CMS-2127-P
P.O. Box 8016,
Baltimore, MD 21244-8016

RE: File Code CMS-2127-P
State Children's Health Insurance Program; Eligibility for Prenatal Care for Unborn Children

April 29, 2002

Dear Mr. Scully:

The National Advocates for Pregnant Women opposes the proposed amendment to regulations under the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), published at 67 Federal Register 9936 (March 5, 2002) (the "Proposed Regulation") to revise the definition of 'child' under the State Children's Health Insurance Program "so that a State may elect to make individuals in the period between conception and birth eligible for coverage.

Letter from Professor Anne Drapkin Lyerly

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Department of Health and Human Services
Attention: CMS-2127-P
P.O. Box 8016
Baltimore, MD 21244-8016

3 May 2002

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing with regard to the proposal currently being considered that would expand the State Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to include "unborn children" from conception through birth.