The Tennessean posted the story “TN will criminalize moms using drugs while pregnant“.
Tennessee women who use drugs while pregnant can be criminally charged for harm done to their infants beginning July 1.
Gov. Bill Haslam signed the legislation Tuesday after “extensive conversations with experts including substance abuse, mental health, health and law enforcement officials,” he wrote in a statement. “The intent of this bill is to give law enforcement and district attorneys a tool to address illicit drug use among pregnant women through treatment programs.”