The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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January 27, 2009

ACLU would fight drug testing for aid recipients

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“And speaking just in humanitarian terms, the idea is as offensive as it is unconstitutional,” he said.

”You cannot expect the poorest of West Virginians to pee in a cup in order to get access to basic things like food stamps.”

DiStefano characterized West Virginia as a poor state where many need welfare and food stamps to get by.

Given the strained economy nationally, he said, matters could worsen and even more might be forced to turn to the state.

“As we get into tougher economic times, we as a state and as a society really need to think long and hard as to whether or not we’re going to put punitive measures on access to basic things like food stamps,” the ACLU official said.

“As we get into tougher economic times, odds are more people are going to be relying on stuff like that. As least for a while, until we get through this.”

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