Using Drugs During Pregnancy Isn’t Child Abuse, Pennsylvania Court Rules

You can’t abuse a child if there is no child, according to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. In the debate over whether using drugs during pregnancy rises to the level of child abuse, the court found that a fetus is not a child, and therefore the act cannot amount to child abuse. As such, Child Protective …

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Federal Ban on Female Genital Mutilation Struck Down

Sometimes, you have to take the good with the bad, and that is very true of America’s governmental system. Based on Federalism principles, Judge Bernard Friedman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ruled that Congress overstepped its authority to pass the 1996 law that criminalizes female genital mutilation (FGM), …

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Homeless in Western States Can’t Be Prosecuted for Sleeping on Streets

Outlawing the criminalization of homelessness just got a little clearer in the Western United States. A Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that it is unconstitutional to prosecute someone for sleeping on public streets, at least for the most part. More on that later. Cruel and Unusual to Criminalize the Unavoidable Consequence of Being Homeless …

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