Alabama state officials refused bail to the woman on the grounds that she had exposed the fetus to narcotics.
Alabama state officials jailed 23-year-old Ashley Banks for three months after smoking breach After being arrested on May 25 in the possession of a small quantity This narcotic and a pistol without permission to be carried, reports the newspaper AL.
According to reports, since they are not considered serious offences, the young woman could have granted bail and faced the judicial process at liberty; However, acknowledging that she was discovered to be pregnant two days before her arrest, the day she smoked cannabis, Etawah County officials they denied him the possibility,
According to her sentence, the defendant could not be released until she entered a rehabilitation program, so she was held in custody without being convicted. no crimeAccused of exposing the fetus to narcotics.
For their part, members of the National Lawyers for Pregnant Women’s Association criticized the court’s decision, and opposed the recurring practice of county courts imposing special penalties on pregnant women.
There may be consequences for women being secluded during pregnancy proper development of the fetusAccording to an affidavit by Johns Hopkins University expert Carolyn Sufrin, it was used during the trial to demand the release of Banks.
“Stress and conditions in prisons and prisons, including lack of frequent access to standard antenatal care and mental health care, poor diet, unhygienic conditions, vermin and vermin infestations. […]can be harmful to physical and mental health, leading to poor pregnancy outcomes for both mother and child,” Sufrin testified.