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Sheigla Murphy and Paloma Sales

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Pregnant Drug Users: Scapegoats of Reagan/Bush and Clinton-Era Economics.

Murphy and Sales explore the ways in which pregnant drug users in the San Francisco Bay Area experienced, coped with, and protected themselves from increasing stigmatization, abuse, and punishment while enduring a period of fiscal retrenchment of government assistance programs. Women’s drug use during pregnancy cannot be understood apart from the social and economic contexts in which these experiences were embedded, a system that perpetuates racism, poverty, violence, hardship, and desperation.

drug abuse; mothers; pregnant women; social services — child protective services; welfare reform — United States

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 28, No. 4 (2001): 72-95