This article came from ABC News through an affiliate in Tennessee called Wate. <(click for link to original story)
This is the ABC’s piece on it. You may need both links because I cannot download the video (both articles have video). If I don’t have the video on my site that leaves you dependent on them. These guys post and remove stories all the time so hopefully one will stay up.
This law is very controversial. Many want drug addicted moms to get help, not to stay in hiding for fear of arrest. Others believe that getting babies high before they are even born is criminal.
I think babies being born addicted to drugs is criminal. Parent are touted as the anti-drug but not if they are getting their children loaded before they are even born. I think most of us would inform the local authorities if we saw a mom pouring beer into her nursing child’s bottle. Mother know they are pregnant within 2 or 3 months don’t they.
My parents watched me become a drunk. They had the authority to stop my drinking but not the will. It was too much effort. They avoided doing any parenting and I suffered for about 25 years.I am a Christian, I am supposed to forgive people. I cannot forgive my mother and father for standing by while I ran wild. I hate them for it. Imagine what damage will be done to a child who’s mother didn’t just watch, but actively engaged in turning them into an addict.
Link to original article First Woman Charged on Controversial Law that Criminalizes Drug Use During Pregnancy
PHOTO: Mallory Loyola, 26, is the first woman charged under a new Tennessee law that criminalizes narcotic drug use, while pregnant. Mallory Loyola, 26, is the first woman charged under a new Tennessee law that criminalizes narcotic drug use, while pregnant. Monroe County Sheriff’s Office A Tennessee woman is the first to be charged under a new state law that specifically makes it a crime to take drugs while pregnant, calling it “assault.” Mallory Loyola, 26, was arrested this week after both she and her newborn infant tested positive for meth, according to ABC News affiliate WATE-TV in Knoxville, […]
Here is a little more information.
Loyola was released on $2,000 bail and was charged with a misdemeanor according to WATE-TV. The law allows anyone charged to use entering a treatment program before birth and successfully completing it afterwards as a defense.
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