Bustle posted the story “Tennessee Could Soon Prosecute Moms Who Take Drugs During Pregnancy, But The Bill’s Logic is Flawed“.
A few days ago, Tennessee’s legislature passed a bill that would allow police to criminally prosecute mothers who take drugs during pregnancy that harm their babies. Last Wednesday, April 9, the House bill passed in the House by 64-30, and a few days ago, a companion bill also passed in the state Senate. Now, all the bill needs is a signature from Tennessee’s governor.
“This law brings treatment to the worst of the worst,” said state representative Terri Weaver when presenting the bill (which she sponsored in the House). “It’s heartbreaking if you’re a police officer, and you see a woman is seven or eight months pregnant and shooting heroin. There is an individual inside that belly that has no choice but to take whatever goes into it.”