Under the law, women who stick with drug addiction programs will not be charged [with assault], but drug treatment programs aren’t accessible to all women, especially ones in rural areas. This may ultimately leave the poorest and most isolated women facing incarceration.
There is so much wrong with this bill. Like every single thing.
Health professionals, including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Gynecologists and Obstetricians, say that laws like this will scare pregnant people away from seeking prenatal care, for fear of being arrested. The risks of drug use during pregnancy, according to one member of the ACOG, are wildly overstated and more easily treated than the bill implies.
In addition, it can be difficult to pinpoint the cause of a newborn’s symptoms, and in over half of Tennessee babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, their mothers had legal prescriptions for the medication.