In many cases, they test mothers and babies without explicit consent and without warning about the potential consequences, Pro Publica and have found.
And in many of these cases, hospital drug tests were cited as the probable cause for arrest.
It is unclear whether pregnant mothers consented to these drug tests, or if they did consent, whether they were aware of what they were consenting to.
And in some cases, it may be necessary to know what's in a patient's bloodstream before knowing the proper course of treatment. Moms in Jail and Pro Publica are reporting that Alabama hospitals have been drug testing pregnant women and newborns and handing those results over to police.
Over the last ten years, almost 500 women have been charged with endangering their newborn children under Alabama's chemical endangerment law.
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Across the country, hundreds of pregnant women and new mothers have been accused of child abuse or other crimes when they or their newborns tested positive for controlled substances.
Laws on drug testing of infants and new mothers vary, but the stakes are always high.
) and then donning some gloves, quickly seal the specimen up in a bag to be sent down to the lab for testing.