Drug Addiction, ‘Personhood’ and the War on Women

Criminal charges are now being brought against women in Alabama for “chemical endangerment of a child” which has been utilized to penalize mothers who use drugs during their pregnancy and has a mandatory sentence of 10 years to life (if the baby dies).

Originally enacted to protect children from meth labs, the law prohibits a “responsible person” from “exposing a child to an environment in which he or she…knowingly, recklessly  or intentionally causes or permits a child to be exposed to, to ingest or inhale, or to have contact with a controlled substance, chemical substance or drug paraphernalia.”

http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/04/26/drug-addiction-personhood-and-the-war-on-women/

 

Source: Time.com – April 26, 2012

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