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"California woman cleared of murder charge for baby’s death in home birth," by Sam Levin, The Guardian, December 04, 2023
"Criminalization of pregnancy has already been happening to the poor and women of color," By Sandhya Dirks, NPR, August 03, 2022
"New report tracks criminal prosecutions of self-managed abortions," By Ari Shapiro, NPR, August 09, 2022
"The Implications for EPs of Abortion Laws and the Criminalization of Pregnancy Loss," By Gina Shaw, Emergency Medicine News, July 01, 2022
"Who Gets Abortions in America?," By Margot Sanger-Katz et al., New York Times, December 14, 2021
"Woman Indicted For Manslaughter After Death Of Her Fetus, May Avoid Prosecution," By Vanessa Romo, NPR, June 28, 2019
"Constitutional Rights for the “Unborn” Would Force Women to Forfeit Theirs," By Lynn M. Paltrow, Ms. Magazine, April 15, 2021
"Take a Valium, Lose Your Kid, Go to Jail," By Nina Martin, ProPublica, September 15, 2015
"Abortion By The Numbers," By Katie Jennings, Forbes, May 07, 2022
"The Coming Rise of Abortion as a Crime," By Melissa Jeltsen, The Atlantic, July 01, 2022
"A Woman’s Rights," By The Editorial Board, New York Times, December 28, 2018
"They Were Prosecuted for Using Drugs While Pregnant. But It May Not Have Been a Crime," by Anna Wolfe, The Marshall Project, November 16, 2023
"Things to know about efforts to block people from crossing state lines for abortion," by Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press, November 10, 2023
"Oklahoma abortions," Courthouse News Service, November 14, 2023
"Idaho mother and son charged with kidnapping over out-of-state abortion," by Carter Sherman, The Guardian, November 01, 2023