MyNorthWest posted the story “Should Moms Be Criminalized For Using Drugs While Pregnant? Tennessee is the First State to Say Yes“.
Tennessee is now the only state in the country that will criminalize mothers who used drugs while pregnant. The state’s governor signed the bill into law this week. And the knee jerk reaction is to say, yes, addict mothers, who give birth to babies who have to spend a month or two withdrawing from drugs, should be punished. How could you do that to your sweet baby?
But critics in the medical and psychology fields think this will only cause harm. Barbara Drennen is the executive director of the Pediatric Interim Care Center in Kent.