First Woman Arrested Under New Pregnancy Law

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A 26-year-old woman was arrested on July 8th because of a new controversial Tennessee law that considers illegal drug use during pregnancy an assault if the child is harmed by or becomes addicted to the drug. The woman, the first to be charged under the law, admitted to smoking methamphetamines (meth) days prior to the birth of her child and both she and her newborn tested positive for meth. While the law does allow women who have been charged to enter a treatment program while pregnant, critics insist that the law discourages women using illegal drugs from seeking treatment or prenatal care out of fear of legal repercussions.

First Woman Arrested Under New Pregnancy Law
First Woman Arrested Under New Pregnancy Law

A woman in Tennessee last week became the first person to be charged under a controversial state law that can count illegal drug use during pregnancy as assault. Earlier this month, a law went into effect that allows mothers to be “prosecuted for assault for the illegal use of a narcotic drug ...

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