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Is it ethical to allow a mother to take home her baby if it is born addicted to drugs?

  • Yes of course its still their baby.

    Its not like once the women finds out shes pregnant she decides to start using drugs to hurt her unborn child! The women are already addicted and once your addicted and you have an unplanned pregnancy most doctors would agree that in comparison the results could be much more damaging and sever if the mother gets thrown in jail and forced to quits cold turkey, sending herself and fetus into full withdrawal. Doing so, depending on where you are at in the trimester can instantly cause dealth/ stillborn or cause premature labor, often resulting in death or miscarriage. Where as if the mothers are forced to receive treatment and be monitored than can be prevented. It is truly hard to think once born the baby may suffer withdrawal, however at least if they do so out of the womb, they cn get the proper medical attention and monitoring they need. They shouldn't be prosecuted. And yes they should asolutly be able to take THEIR baby home from the hospital. I believe of course it should be mandatory to have a case worker come into their home maybe for first couple months to monitor and make sure everything is okay. And lastly the mother should be made to seek help for her addiction.

  • I wish there was a yes and no button

    I think that a mother should be able to take home her child in hopes that she will change when she realizes she has a child to take care of now but, she should be monitored and if the mother is still using drugs or the child is not properly cared for after a certain amount of time then the child should be put in a safer environment.

  • A person's shortcomings doesn't diminish their role

    If a mother has a child who is addicted to drugs, this shows her lack of care for herself and the child. However, does that fault eliminates the idea that she could change? After seeing a new baby and holding a new life in her arms, who's to say what type of transformation she will make? Give a person a chance instead of dictating what they will become. There are plenty of services to help protect a child from abusive parents, so let them do their job in monitoring if there are any doubts concerning the child's welfare. If the mother does not want the child or feels that she would not be a good mother to the child, then let that be her choice.

  • It's her child.

    It is ethical to allow a mother to take home her baby if it is born addicted to drugs. The mother had the kid and has the right to take home the baby if they choose so. A mother should be able to decide what she wants to do with her child in all situations. If she feels comfortable taking the baby home, you shouldn't stop her.

  • Remove Infant from Mother on Drugs

    No, it is not ethical to allow a mother to take home her baby if it is born addicted to drugs. A baby born addicted to drugs is that way because the mother was not able to abstain from her habit while pregnant, meaning she knowingly made the decision to endanger and harm her child. Since she was capable of making a decision that harmed her child, then it should be assumed that she would continue to make life decisions that would be harmful to her child. Better to remove the child from her custody at birth than later after the child has been abused or abandoned

  • She obviously can't take care of it

    If the baby was born addicted to drugs, that means the mother used addictive drugs while she was pregnant. That shows a blatant disregard for the life and health of a child. Mothers who show blatant disregard for the life and health of their children don't get to keep those children. It's as simple as that.

  • They should make sure the mother is clean

    If a baby is born with a drug addiction there should be an investigation to make sure the woman is now clean from drugs. They also should treat the child in the hospital. If they find that the mother is unfit to care for the child then measures need to be taken.


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