Black Hair Media Forum Homepage
BHM BHM BHM
Forum Home Forum Home > Lets Talk > Talk, Talk, and More Talk
  New Posts New Posts RSS Feed - TN:Criminal penalty for prenatal drug use passes
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Register Register  Login Login
Perfect Hair Collection
 

TN:Criminal penalty for prenatal drug use passes

 
 Post Reply Post Reply Page  12>




The Best Human Hair Available with No Service Match

Author
tatee View Drop Down
Elite Member
Elite Member
Avatar

Joined: Jun 09 2006
Status: Offline
Points: 381320
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote tatee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: TN:Criminal penalty for prenatal drug use passes
    Posted: Apr 16 2014 at 6:22am

Tennessee Is About To Turn Pregnant Women Into Suspected Criminals

By Tara Culp-Ressler on April 15, 2014 at 2:42 pm

"Tennessee Is About To Turn Pregnant Women Into Suspected Criminals"



prison cell_tpftd

CREDIT: Shutterstock

Tennessee is poised to become the first state in the country to subject women to criminal assault charges if they use drugs during their pregnancy. Last week, both chambers of the state legislature passed Senate Bill 1391, which would ultimately allow the state to scrutinize miscarriages, stillbirths, and birth defects to try to determine if drugs played a role.

The legislation is a direct response to recent reports that the number of babies being born addicted to drugs is on the rise. The Tennessee Department of Health tracks incidents of “Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome,” which is defined as withdrawal symptoms after a baby has been exposed to opiates in utero. “Over the past decade, we have seen a nearly ten-fold rise in the incidence of babies born with NAS in Tennessee. Infants with NAS stay in the hospital longer than other babies and they may have serious medical and social problems,” the agency’s website states.

That certainly sounds alarming — but medical experts warn it’s also misleading. Last month, a group of more than 40 researchers and experts released an open letter to set some of the facts straight. They point out that it’s not scientifically accurate to describe newborns as “addicted,” NAS doesn’t actually have long-term adverse effects, and misrepresenting these realities end up unhelpfully vilifying pregnant women who likely face significant barriers to medical care.

Nonetheless, the Tennessee House and Senate both passed the measure last week. “It would just seem to me that any society that puts value on life, that these defenseless children deserve some protection,” Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver (R), who sponsored the House’s version of the bill, said.

Weaver’s attitude echoes the national sentiment in the 1980s, when the media stoked unfounded fears about “crack babies” and law enforcement began pursuing pregnant women for using cocaine because they were an easy target in the War on Drugs. Even though there’s no conclusive scientific evidence that children who were exposed to drugs in utero suffer from long-term health consequences, it hasn’t really mattered. There have been hundreds of documented cases of states going after women for allegedly causing harm to their fetuses. Like many issues within our criminal justice system, these laws tend to disproportionately impact low-income people of color.

Although other states have used fetal harm laws to charge women with endangering their children based on suspicions that they used drugs while pregnant, no state has explicitly criminalized drug use during pregnancy. Farah Diaz-Tello, a lawyer with the National Advocates for Pregnant Women — which has been fighting against efforts to criminalize pregnant women for years — believes the proposed law could signal the beginning of a slippery slope.

“The law is so broad that it could lead to charges against a woman who drives recklessly, gets in an accident, and then loses pregnancy. It could also be used against women who try to self-induce abortions,” Diaz-Tello told the Daily Beast. “She becomes a criminal due to unlawful pregnancy loss.”

Diaz-Tello’s organization is partnering with a coalition of other Tennessee groups to urge Gov. Bill Haslam (R) to veto SB 1391, pointing out that it won’t do anything to improve access to medical care for impoverished families. Only 19 of the state’s 177 addiction treatment facilities currently provide care for pregnant women, an issue that SB 1391 doesn’t address whatsoever.

“This law was promoted by prosecutors against the recommendations of medical professionals and addiction specialists,” Cherisse A. Scott, the founder of SisterReach and the communications chair for Healthy & Free Tennessee, said in a statement released by the coalition. “It permits the arrest and incarceration of any woman who can’t guarantee the birth of a healthy newborn, and is completely out of step with the most effective standards of care for maternity care, addiction treatment, and neonatal care.”

The country’s major medical associations — including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Public Health Association — all oppose criminalizing pregnant women for using drugs. They point out that punitive laws end up dissuading women from seeking the medical treatment they need, since they’ll be too afraid of being prosecuted. And skipping out on prenatal care actually leads to a greater risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death.

Last May, Tennessee opted to take a very different approach to pregnant women using drugs. The Safe Harbor Act of 2013 focuses on getting women into drug treatment, and ensures that they won’t lose custody of their children if they seek help. Advocates point out that there hasn’t been enough time to observe the effects of the Safe Harbor Act, and lawmakers are rushing to pass additional legislation too soon.

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/04/15/3426963/tennessee-women-criminalize-pregnancy/


Back to Top
Sponsored Links


Back to Top
Sang Froid View Drop Down
Elite Member
Elite Member
Avatar

Joined: Aug 08 2010
Location: Ethiopia
Status: Offline
Points: 302801
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Sang Froid Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 16 2014 at 6:27am
Well it's child endangerment. 
Back to Top
mizzsandra00 View Drop Down
Elite Member
Elite Member
Avatar

Joined: Oct 13 2008
Status: Offline
Points: 328148
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote mizzsandra00 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 16 2014 at 6:32am
Originally posted by Sang Froid Sang Froid wrote:

Well it's child endangerment. 
Back to Top
GoodGirlGoneGr8 View Drop Down
Elite Member
Elite Member
Avatar

Joined: Oct 24 2010
Location: US...PR...VI
Status: Offline
Points: 64860
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote GoodGirlGoneGr8 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 16 2014 at 6:35am
E) All of the above
Back to Top
afrokock View Drop Down
Elite Member
Elite Member
Avatar

Joined: May 19 2008
Location: South London
Status: Offline
Points: 878565
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote afrokock Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 16 2014 at 6:39am
Originally posted by Sang Froid Sang Froid wrote:

Well it's child endangerment. 
not a child at this point tbh
Back to Top
liesnalibis View Drop Down
VIP Member
VIP Member
Avatar

Joined: Nov 27 2012
Status: Offline
Points: 75967
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote liesnalibis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 16 2014 at 6:41am
They tried this before and it was struck down for the same reasons abortion is still legal. It would really be weird to approve of one and not the other.
Back to Top
Sang Froid View Drop Down
Elite Member
Elite Member
Avatar

Joined: Aug 08 2010
Location: Ethiopia
Status: Offline
Points: 302801
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Sang Froid Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 16 2014 at 6:42am
Originally posted by afrokock afrokock wrote:

Originally posted by Sang Froid Sang Froid wrote:

Well it's child endangerment. 
not a child at this point tbh

There are many points in a pregnancy.
Which one are we talking?
Back to Top
Sang Froid View Drop Down
Elite Member
Elite Member
Avatar

Joined: Aug 08 2010
Location: Ethiopia
Status: Offline
Points: 302801
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Sang Froid Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 16 2014 at 6:44am
Originally posted by liesnalibis liesnalibis wrote:

They tried this before and it was struck down for the same reasons abortion is still legal. It would really be weird to approve of one and not the other.

But you can be charged with double homicide if you kill and pregnant bitch and the baby dies right?
I'm sure this varies state by state.
Not sure which ones are consistent or not.
Back to Top
afrokock View Drop Down
Elite Member
Elite Member
Avatar

Joined: May 19 2008
Location: South London
Status: Offline
Points: 878565
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote afrokock Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 16 2014 at 6:51am
The gestational period ese
Back to Top
mizzsandra00 View Drop Down
Elite Member
Elite Member
Avatar

Joined: Oct 13 2008
Status: Offline
Points: 328148
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote mizzsandra00 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 16 2014 at 6:52am
Originally posted by afrokock afrokock wrote:

Originally posted by Sang Froid Sang Froid wrote:

Well it's child endangerment. 
not a child at this point tbh


I believe if the fetus can survive without the host its a child.....I also don't believe in late term abortion.....tho
Back to Top
Get Longer Healthier Faster Growing Hair
House of CB London
Get Healthier Stronger Longer Hair
The Elite Hair Care Sorority
Electric Cherry Hair
Hair Extensions Wefted Hair Wigs and More
Human Hair Wigs
Wefting Training
Dependable Quality Hair
Switch Up your Look with a protective Style
 Post Reply Post Reply Page  12>
  Share Topic   

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down