NASHVILLE (WSVN) — Two Tennessee lawmakers are filing joint bills that would charge pregnant women with assault if they use illegal drugs and the child is born addicted to drugs or harmed by the drugs.
The bills authorize “prosecution of a woman for assault based on the woman’s illegal use of a narcotic drug while pregnant if the child is born addicted to or harmed by the narcotic drug and the addiction or harm is a result of the woman’s use of a narcotic drug while pregnant.”
The bills does state a defense, saying that the mother can avoid prosecution if she enrolls in an addiction program while pregnant and successfully completes the program.
If passed the law would go into effect on July 1, 2019.
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