The Marshall Project, The Frontier, and The Washington Post. were named finalists for a 2023 Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award. 

The award is given annually at the Online Journalism Awards to honor “stories that uncover major news based on the reporters’ own investigations that advance and serve the public interest.”  

The Frontier’s reporting was part of a national project in collaboration with The Marshall Project, and The Washington Post. The investigation found that more than 50 women have been prosecuted for child neglect or manslaughter in the United States since 1999 because they tested positive for drug use after a miscarriage or stillbirth.

The Frontier and partners are continuing to report on how fetal personhood laws have contributed to the prosecution of women for substance use during pregnancy. In July, the partners published a story that found hundreds of women who used drugs while pregnant have faced criminal charges — even when they deliver healthy babies.