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Punitive policies for substance use in pregnancy linked to worst obstetric care

According to a cross-sectional study, women who lived in states where policies punished women for substance use during pregnancy received worse prenatal and postpartum care. Patients in states that viewed substance use during pregnancy as a form of child abuse, or required providers to report pregnant women who used substances, began prenatal care at a …

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