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  • Doctors applaud the end of Tennessee's fetal assault law

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Brittany Hudson was pregnant, addicted to painkillers and afraid of a Tennessee law that calls for the arrest of mothers of drug-dependent babies. She eventually gave birth without medical help, on the side of a road in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

    Hudson's dilemma, doctors say, was one of many unintended consequences of the Tennessee Legislature's decision in 2014 to become the first and only state with an explicit criminal offense for these addicted mothers.

    The law was meant to deter drug abuse by threatening mothers with up to a year behind bars, while allowing them to avoid jail and have their assault convictions removed if they got drug treatment.

    The problem of drug use and pregnancy is worsening nationwide, with a drug-dependent baby born every 25 minutes in the U.S. at a cost of $1.5 billion in additional health care, according to a Vanderbilt study. And states can't just arrest their way out of it, said Dr. Stephen Patrick, a neonatologist who co-authored the study.

    But doctors who treat addicts say Tennessee's experiment backfired, encouraging women to avoid prenatal care and exposing their babies to more risks while failing to reduce the astronomical costs of treating newborns who suffer from drug withdrawal what doctors call neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS.
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    So rather than fine tune the law and make it effective, it's easier to just cave in and make the public pay for the crack babies and those with foetal alcohol syndrome...

    BS.

    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
      So rather than fine tune the law and make it effective, it's easier to just cave in and make the public pay for the crack babies and those with foetal alcohol syndrome...

      BS.

      Amen to that.

      Something HAS to be done. The "Aw, isn't that too bad!" way doesn't seem to be working. Maybe hard love is the only way.

      GG
      "The will of a section rooted in self interest, should not outweigh the vital interests of a whole people." -Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain-

      "Fanatics of any sort are dangerous." -GG-

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
        So rather than fine tune the law and make it effective, it's easier to just cave in and make the public pay for the crack babies and those with foetal alcohol syndrome...

        BS.

        There is no way to fine tune the law....it's a moral issue that has no clear answer without causing more problems;

        The law is trying to protect the baby.

        The law also allows abortions.

        The law also charges double homicide if someone kills a pregnant mother.

        We really have a legal free for all when it comes to babies rights.
        "I don't discuss sitting presidents," Mattis tells NPR in an interview. "I believe that you owe a period of quiet."

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        • #5
          Well the free for all is because of certain groups ridiculous double standards.

          Kill the "Fetus" of an 8 week pregnant mother with her consent, and it's just 'tissue'.

          Put a pair of 12ga rounds through that mother's head and that 'tissue' becomes 'baby' and you're charged with double homicide.

          Only someone with the mental powers of an angsty teenager would think that makes sense. But it's the law of the land.
          Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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