Leticia Miranda was a reporting fellow at ProPublica. She is a recent graduate of New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, where she was a dean’s fellow. Her work has appeared in both national and local outlets including The Nation, Colorlines and City Limits.
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