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?