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. In many places, women lose thei
Alabama has prosecuted at least 3,175 individuals under a law meant to protect children from exposure to illegal drugs. Court rulings expanded the law so authorities may charge pregnant women with in utero exposure.
This summer, ProPublica announced the Emerging Reporters Program, in which student journalists of color get stipends giving them the financial freedom and support to do great journalism. Here are our five winners.
ProPublica analyzed 2.3 million Medicare operations and identified 67,000 patients who suffered serious complications as a result: infections, uncontrollable bleeding, even death. Next week, we report the complication rates of 17,000 surgeons.