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Should pregnant women who use drugs be prosecuted?

  • Pregnant women using Drug

    Yes pregnant women using illegal drug should be punished more than anybody else. Because they deliberately ruined the life of an innocent. The end result of mother using drug while pregnant will affect the baby both physically and psychologically. It is necessary to educate pregnant women not to use drugs,

  • Absolutely ! !

    Anyone stupid enough to put their childs life at risk like that should be prosecuted. It should be a felony. You wouldn't be able to shoot your day old baby with heroin and get away with it...So why should you when you're pregnant? End result is STILL ruining another persons life because you were too stupid and selfish to put your unborn child first for a measly nine months!!

  • Unborn rights upheld

    I think they should be offered drug/alcohol treatment and if they refuse, then they should be charged. It is not fair for a baby that has no say-so in the matter to be born with complications and health problems IF they are even born alive. I work in the Chemical Dependency field, and I see women doing this everyday. Having their baby and ditching him/her in the hospital $ hours after giving birth. No remorse. If someone deliberately causes harm to someone else, there are punishments. Why is it any different for an unborn baby?

  • They Should be Charged With The Drug Crime

    Pregnant women who use illegal drugs should be prosecuted. They should be charged with whatever crime it is to take those drugs. That's it. They should not be charged beyond that or have additional charges just because they happen to be pregnant. That would be discrimination and is illegal in this country.

  • It is illegal and they are harming the infant

    If it were just the matter of illegal drug use, I would be on the fence... But since the drugs are also going to be detrimental to the babies' health, pregnant women who abuse drugs should absolutely be prosecuted. Illegal drugs is one thing, but potentially murdering an infant is an entirely different matter.

  • Pregnant women and drug use

    Women who are using drugs and become pregnant should be prosecuted if they choose to selfishly ignore the needs of the life that is growing inside them and continue to do drugs. I believe that the pregnant drug abuser should get a child endangerment charge and face prison time. Since some of these drug addicts repeatedly become pregnant while doing and continuing to do drugs, after the second offense there should be a mandatory tubal ligation. These idiots do not seem to realize or care what their drug use does their baby. I know someone who smoked crack her entire pregnancy. Her baby was born addicted to crack, premature, and has lifelong mental disabilities. Another one who shot up heroin the while time and whose baby was born with a rare genetic defect, experiences seizures on a daily basis, and has a whole host of health issues that could have been prevented had his mother not done drugs.

  • Child rights !!

    Women who are horrible enough to put their child through the kind of horror that will follow them to the rest of their lives should be held responsible. The drugs are illegal so they should be charged with possession of drug, consumption of drug, and child abuse. Those children often are born; 1. Addicted to drugs 2. Physical defects 3. Physiological defects 4. Into an unhealthily environment 5. Pushed to consume drugs themselves in the future.

  • It only makes sense

    If a mother is to harm her child, within or outside of the womb, she needs to be prosecuted for illegal child abuse/neglect. I hate to see the sad little "crack babies" born. These children had no way of protecting themselves. These children may have to live the rest of their lives with symptoms from an uncaring mother.

  • Yep yep yep

    The woman is pregnant and she does drugs like anyone else and they get in trouble. Who wants a child when their older to be addicted to drugs the answer is no one! If you don't want your child to be a druggy then don't do drugs its that simple

  • They need to criminally prosecuted.

    Women who abuse drugs while pregnant need to be criminally prosecuted because of the effects of the drugs on the baby, they are aware of what they are doing, and they are committing a crime by using illegal drugs. It is also a very selfish act. Life begins at conception, not when ever you think it does. It needs to be made illegal to do drugs at any time while pregnant.

  • Pregnant women should only be prosecuted if and only if they do not want help with their addiction.

    Sending pregnant women to prison for using drugs is stupid if they want help and are not given any. If she is asking for help with her addiction then help should be given. If not then she should be punished to the full extent. A helpless infant should not have to go through something like that but help should be given to the mother, taking the baby away would just make it worse on the child and the mother.

  • Addiction shouldn't be a punishable offense.

    Drug addiction is one of the few health issues where people think it's okay to pass a moral judgment on the person suffering from it. Pregnant women are no more or less rational than any other drug user, and they should not suffer more penalties for their illnesses than other people do.

  • No, they should be educated.

    What good does it do to prosecute a pregnant woman for using drugs? And how does that help the child? It is much better to educate that woman, get her in rehab and a halfway house, show her how to mother her child, and then both of them stand half a chance out in the world. Some type of community payback activity should be considered, though.

  • Pregnant women who use drugs should not be prosecuted.

    While it is true that the use of drugs by pregnant women is almost always detrimental to the health of their unborn child, prosecution after the fact is not going to change anything. If a pregnant women is discovered to be a drug user, she should have to enter a mandatory rehab program. Additional education on substance abuse, and parenting and child care should also be mandatory.

  • Women shouldn't be prosecuted

    I am currently enrolled in the addictions program, and I am doing a study on should pregnant drug users be sent to regular prison or to a treatment center to receive assistance. I believe that women who are addicted to narcotics or prescribed drugs should receive assistance in managing their addictions, instead of harming the unborn child. If sent to prison while pregnant, the unborn child is at high risk for deformation, as well as different health issues. In sending them to a treatment facility, I feel as though it needs to be temporarily until the child is born. While at the facility they are still considered doing their time, but in a way where they are withdrawing from the drug, in a secure and safe way, instead of being put in jail, and fending for yourself with minimal support. This is unfair to the unborn child, and they did not ask to be born to an addict. Even though addiction is considered a disease. I do not feel that it is right and humanly to send a women who is caring another human to prison to be treated like a real criminal. No women deserves to give birth in a cell block, let alone shackled to the bed while giving birth, no matter of the crime they committed. Once the child is born, then the mother after the 24 hour period would be sent to prison to complete the rest of her time that is due in jail.

  • Yep yep yep

    The woman is pregnant and she does drugs like anyone else and they get in trouble. Who wants a child when their older to be addicted to drugs the answer is no one! If you don't want your child to be a druggy then don't do drugs its that simple

  • Ridiculous ridiculous ridiculous

    No evidence that it helps, evidence that prosecution is harmful to children and mothers. No evidence that illegal drugs make outcomes worse---although evidence exists that poverty, lack of support and lack of education DO MATTER. Prosecute people for being poor, minority, single, lower education...Oh wait--look at the criminal justice system...We do that all the time!!

  • Ridiculous ridiculous ridiculous

    No evidence that it helps, evidence that prosecution is harmful to children and mothers. No evidence that illegal drugs make outcomes worse---although evidence exists that poverty, lack of support and lack of education DO MATTER. Prosecute people for being poor, minority, single, lower education...Oh wait--look at the criminal justice system...We do that all the time!!

  • Ridiculous ridiculous ridiculous

    No evidence that it helps, evidence that prosecution is harmful to children and mothers. No evidence that illegal drugs make outcomes worse---although evidence exists that poverty, lack of support and lack of education DO MATTER. Prosecute people for being poor, minority, single, lower education...Oh wait--look at the criminal justice system...We do that all the time!!

  • No Proven Long-Term Harm

    Everyone claiming that drug addicted women who are pregnant should be in jail is having an emotional reaction that is not based in fact. I am doing a research paper on this subject, which is how I found this website. I wonder how many people who voted "yes" have any educational background on this subject? Research the facts before forming an opinion, please...Symptoms of neonatal abstinence syndrome usually disappear within 1-2 months. Stop making mothers the enemy! Start helping them. We need to do whatever it takes to keep families together. Throwing mothers in jail is not the answer. It only makes the problem worse.


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