Tennessee Makes Its Illegal to Get High While Pregnant

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Starting July 1, if you’re pregnant and use drugs while living in Tennessee, you can be charged with a crime for causing harm to your unborn baby. Gov. Bill Haslam signed the controversial law yesterday, the Tennessean reports.

Civil and reproductive rights groups had opposed it, saying it would scare women away from getting treatment for drug addiction, but Haslam said he talked to “experts including substance abuse, mental health, health, and law enforcement officials” before signing the legislation, and will closely monitor its impact. Critics also say the law disproportionately affects low-income and non-white women, ThinkProgress notes.

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