Women’s bodies are highly policed in today’s society. Pregnant women’s bodies are even more policed. Long time African American model Beverly Johnson revealed in her biography how she once took drugs while she was pregnant. She also lost custody of her daughter. We might jump to judge her because we are told by doctors, politicians, social workers and others that everything you consume while pregnant can damage your child.
Prosecutors all over the country have targeted pregnant women who have taken drugs, in the interest of protecting their fetuses.
But what if the science of how drugs impact our body was not as solid as we might think?