Decision Looms on Bill Targeting Pregnant Drug Users

Public News Service posted the story “Decision Looms on Bill Targeting Pregnant Drug Users“.

Time is running out for Gov. Bill Haslam to make his decision on a bill that would allow Tennessee women to be charged with a crime for drug use during pregnancy if it harms the baby. It is an idea that has raised concern among medical professionals, including physician Pamela Gonzalez, who serves on the committee on substance abuse for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Gonzalez said she fears that the threat of criminal charges would drive women away from getting treatment and prenatal care.

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