• Bill would charge pregnant women using drugs if baby is harmed, born addicted

    By: Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Women who use illegal drugs while pregnant may be prosecuted if they harm their babies or make them addicted, if a proposed law passes in Tennessee.

    WZTV reported that House Bill 1168 was filed last week by Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) and Sen. Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma).

    According to the bill, a woman could be charged with assault if she uses an illegal narcotic while pregnant and the child is born addicted to the drug or harmed by it.


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    If the woman is active in an addiction recovery program and completes it, the charges may be lessened.

    WTHR reported that, if passed into law, the measure would go into effect July 1.

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