National Partnership for Women & Families posted the story “Tenn. Bill Criminalizing Drug Use During Pregnancy Signed into Law“.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) on Tuesday signed into law a bill (SB 1391) that will allow the state to prosecute women suspected of using illicit drugs while pregnant, the Tennessean reports. The bill takes effect on July 1 (Gonzalez, Tennessean, 4/29).
The legislation permits criminal charges in such cases and includes a provision that allows defense against conviction if a woman is “actively enrolled in an addiction recovery program before the child is born, remained in the program after delivery, and successfully completed the program” (Women’s Health Policy Report, 4/21).