Medical Daily posted the story “Tennessee To Criminalize Pregnant Mothers Who Pass Their Drug Addiction On To Their Fetus“.
Tennessee could soon become the first state to outlaw the transmission of a mother’s drug addiction on to her growing fetus, as the state’s government has already shown bipartisan support for the new bill.
If Tennessee’s governor approves the bill, the state will become the first in the country to extend child abuse laws involving illegal drugs to a woman’s pregnancy. While advocates for the decision claim the legislation was designed to promote healthier pregnancies, by dissuading addicted mothers from using drugs, critics of the bill argue it provides unnecessary autonomy to the growing fetus at the direct expense of the mother’s well-being. Rather than seek help for their addictions, critics believe mothers will begin fearing their doctors under the threat of arrest.
Tennessee To Criminalize Pregnant Mothers Who Pass Their Drug Addiction On To Their Fetus – SisterReach