Nashville Public Radio posted the story “Haslam Waiting Until Last Minute to Sign Bill That Could Send Drug-Addicted Moms to Jail“.
Governor Bill Haslam is waiting until the last possible moment to sign a bill into law that would punish pregnant women on illegal drugs. A spokesperson says to expect a statement Tuesday, which is the deadline for signing or vetoing the legislation. He has 10 business days after he receives a bill from the legislature.
The initial proposal allowed for murder charges if the baby of a drug-addicted mother dies. The final language is much more tame, only allowing a misdemeanor assault charge. And Governor Haslam says he’s okay with what passed. A woman always has the option to get help and avoid jail, even after the baby is born with withdrawal symptoms.