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December 21, 2007

Read Dr. Stone's op-ed re: OKC stillbirth prosecution

Dr. Stone is an OB/GYN in Oklahoma City and state chair for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Click here to read her op-ed, "Is meth murder charge useful?", from the December 19th edition of The Daily Oklahoman, the state's largest paper.

December 17, 2007

Listen to segment of major Oklahoma medical panel on Women, Pregnancy, and Drug Use online

On Wednesday, November 14th, Oklahoma City hosted a major medical panel called Women, Pregnancy and Drug Use: Medical Facts, Practical Responses and the Well-Being of Children and Families. To listen to segments of the forum, click here to play the mp3 from the KGOU site.

For a flier with full event information and panelists' bios, please click here.

Recently, in State v. Hernandez, the state prosecuted an Oklahoma City woman for murder after suffering a stillbirth and testing positive for methamphetamine — despite a lack of medical evidence connecting the two events and the disapproval of local and national medical and public health associations and individuals. Hear renowned local and national experts in the fields of medicine and social work separate myth from fact regarding drug use and pregnancy, discuss the implications of the case for the health and well-being of Oklahoma’s women and babies, and map out strategies for effective and appropriate responses to addiction and pregnancy.

The keynote was Dr. Barry Lester, the Director of the Brown University Center for Study of Children at Risk, while the other panelists included four other Oklahoma-based medical/public health experts, including the state representative to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a woman who has been personally affected by substance abuse, the drug war, prison, and her experiences with the criminal justice system.

To see Dr. Lester's entire PowerPoint presentation, click here and go to the bottom link, labeled "Oklahoma City Forum."

Event sponsors included:

• Drew Edmondson, Oklahoma State Attorney General
• Oklahoma County Medical Society
• Oklahoma Department of Human Services
• Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
• Oklahoma Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition
• Oklahoma Nurses Association
• Oklahoma State Medical Association
• National Association of Social Workers, OK