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A new proposed bill in Tennessee is seeking to charge new mothers with assault if their baby is born addicted or harmed from drug use during pregnancy. The bill HB 1168/SB0659 was filed last week by Rep Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) and Senator Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma).
According to the bill, if a woman uses any illegal narcotic during her pregnancy, and if the child is born addicted to or harmed by the narcotic drug, and it is the result of the woman’s illegal use of narcotic drug while pregnant, the woman can be charged.
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The bill also says defense from persecution is allowed if the woman actively enrolls in an addiction recovery program before the child is born, remains in the program after her delivery, and successfully completes the program regardless if the child was born...
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