MSNBC MHPShow posted the story “Why criminalize prenatal drug use? A letter to Gov. Bill Haslam“.
This week, the Tennessee state legislature passed a bill that would allow drug-addicted pregnant women to be prosecuted as criminals.
The bill would permit a woman who used illegal drugs during pregnancy to be charged with assault if her child is born addicted to or harmed, by the drug and to be charged with homicide if the child dies. It also would allow women to avoid those charges if they volunteer for drug treatment.
But before Tennessee’s governor makes it official with his signature, I wanted to urge him to consider that this proposed solution may only exacerbate the problem his state is trying to solve.