A Catch-22 situation. Bad for civil liberties for the mother, good for the kid. Note that the article below requires you to register to read it. This one does not.
Pregnant women who are addicted to methamphetamine could be taken into custody and involuntarily held in treatment programs if a new state initiative is approved.
The Senate Judiciary Committee took the first steps toward approving SB 1500 Monday, mandating that state Child Protective Services workers go to court if they know or have reasonable grounds to believe a mother-to-be is using meth and is not getting voluntary treatment.
Critics of the proposal are concerned that Gorman is trying to give the measure some teeth by extending the definition of what now constitutes “child abuse” to fetuses.
Or as the other article puts it, “The bill also creates the crime of child abuse against a fetus.”
Ahhh…. The real reason: it’s a first step toward banning legal abortions.