NewsBusters posted the story “CBS: Law on Drug Abuse While Pregnant Limits ‘What Women Can” Do With Their Babies?“
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Thursday skeptically examined a new law in Tennessee that allows criminal charges for pregnant women who abuse drugs. Co-anchor Norah O’Donnell warned, “…The ACLU says this law is dangerous. It could prevent women from getting necessary prenatal care.”
Talking to CBS legal analyst Rikki Klieman, co-anchor Gayle King fretted, “But doesn’t it raise a question if the state is trying to get involved in what a woman can and cannot do with her body?” [See video below. MP3 audio here.] Of course, the fact that drug use is already illegal didn’t seem to cross King’s mind. She continued, “Doesn’t that raise a whole other set of issues that no one wants to get involved with?” Among the networks, CBS alone has covered the newly signed law, while ABC and NBC ignored it.