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Pregnant South Carolina Women Go to Jail for Drug Use

Should Pregnant Drug Users Be Jailed For Endangering the Fetus?

Expectant ladies who gulp a glass of wine may get sneers from bystanders but nobody is going to write them up for breaking the law. But what if she was seen snorting a line or shooting up? What should the punishment be, if any? In South Carolina, a drug-taking mommy may go straight to the slammer. The state supreme court has prosecuted pregnant women for harming their unborn child with illegal substances. In an effort to avoid jail time, many pregnant ladies are heading to (self-imposed and otherwise) treatment centers to become clean, which is obviously a good result for the mother and babe. Time behind bars may teach the mom-to-be a lesson about laws but the treatment center may have the better end results.

Do you think drug abusing pregnant women should be prosecuted for endangering the life of their unborn child?

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Chouette4u Chouette4u 7 years
"the fetus is not a person under the law" It is in certain respects. Are you familiar with Laci and Conner's law?
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
Shame on any mother-to-be that disregards the life growing inside of her; however, the fetus is not a person under the law so the punishment the mother-to-be receives should be the same as any other non-pregnant person.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
hausfrau - disagree - you choose to keep the baby, then you choose to take care of that baby and allow it to be healthy - shooting drugs is NOT healthy and you shouldnt' have chosen to keep this innocent child in your care (especially in your WOMB where it doesn't have any other choice but to live the way you do) if you can't take care of it properly
mstrauss mstrauss 7 years
Any person snorting a line or shooting up should be arrested, including pregnant women. I don't think they should be arrested for endangering the fetus, considering the fact that many people thing a glass of wine or taking some Tylenol will also endanger the fetus. I think they should be arrested for doing illegal drugs.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
It would be hypocritical to try to protect the life of an unborn child when you can just go get an abortion. Talk about endangering the life of... Either they have a right to life or they don't. We've said they don't, so this to act as if all of a sudden its awful to endanger them, awful enough to warrant breaking a law and jail time, is utter BS.
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