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My story for The Atlantic, Into the Body of Another, looked at how mothers in many states were receiving lengthy prison sentences for abusing their fetuses by using drugs while they were pregnant. Leaving aside the life-at-conception issue, among the things I learned was that drugs differ in the levels of harm, if any, they can cause fetuses. What’s more, many states simply do not have the rehabilitation beds necessary to treat all the drug addicts within their borders, pregnant or otherwise.
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