Criminalizing Pregnant Women Who Use Illegal Drugs “Throwing Lit Match”

Minn Post posted the story “Criminalizing Pregnant Women Who Use Illegal Drugs ‘Throwing Lit Match’“.

When the Tennessee General Assembly voted last week to criminally prosecute women who use illegal narcotics during pregnancy, it ignored, among other things, the major medical community’s longstanding warnings about the negative and counterproductive effects of such punitive measures.

The bill, sent to Gov. Bill Haslam for consideration April 16, allows for felony assault charges against a woman “if her child is born addicted to or harmed by the narcotic drug, and the addiction or harm is a result of her illegal use of a narcotic drug taken while pregnant.” (A conviction can get you 15 years in prison.).

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