Damn, It's Tough To Be A Pregnant Woman In Tennessee

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Soon it's going to be a crime in Tennessee for a pregnant woman to take medications of any kind while pregnant.  In seeking to curb illicit use of drugs and alcohol by pregnant women, the Hog and Hominy State threw out the baby with the bathwater (pardon the pun) .

The bill will criminalize pregnant women from using all medications including those for nausea, flu, mental health, pain, anxiety, high blood pressure, heart rate, or even alcohol or drug dependency meds. Sound crazy? Not so much in the eyes of Governor Bill Haslam who just signed the bill into law.

The Tennessean:

Tennessee women who use drugs while pregnant can be criminally charged for harm done to their infants beginning July 1.

Gov. Bill Haslam signed the legislation Tuesday after “extensive conversations with experts including substance abuse, mental health, health and law enforcement officials,” he wrote in a statement. “The intent of this bill is to give law enforcement and district attorneys a tool to address illicit drug use among pregnant women through treatment programs.”

The governor’s decision comes after a week of mounting nationwide opposition from civil and reproductive rights groups. They argued that criminalization would drive vulnerable women away from drug addiction treatment.

In targeting illicit drugs Governor Haslam cast the net openly and now all medications, even those written and monitored by licensed physicians could result in an expectant mother being fined or even doing time in jail. And forcing women into costly state-run drug rehabilitation programs may cause women to even avoid revealing their dependency problems to their obstetricians for fear they may get reported.

bite the bullet

So bite the bullet and suck in the pain, ladies of Tennessee. Your Republican-run state moves to the forefront of the anti-woman's movement with outrageous and outlandish laws. I guess the lesson in Tennessee is if you're a woman, don't get sick and go to a doctor when you're preggers, because there's nothing they can do for you other than say, tough it out.

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  • layer100

    THEY ARE JUST GETTING STARTED. KEEP VOTING THEM INTO OFFICE AND SEE WHERE THEY GO NEXT...JINDAL SAID HE WANTED TO GET STUPID OUT OF THE GOP BUT HE IS STILL THERE, ALONG WITH A BUNCH OF OTHERS WHO HAVE BEEN TAGGED AS STUPID. THE GOP PLATFORM IS PRAISING STUPIDITY AND DOWNGRADING INTELLIGENCE.THUS WHY THEY HATE OBAMA , NOBODY LIKES A SMART BLACK MAN ESPECIALLY IF HE IS PRESIDENT OF THE MOST POWERFUL COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. SCARY RIGHT? LOL

  • layer100

    THEY LET THE NUT JOBS INTO OFFICE AND NOW THEY ARE PAYING THE PRICE. THE CHICKENS HAVE COME HOME TO ROOST IN TEN. THIS IS JUST THE TIP OF THE REPUBLICAN ICEBERG AND GETTING WORSE. REPUBLICANS VOTE TO SPITE THEIR OWN SELF INTERESTS AND IT SHOWS. I LOVE IT WHEN A REPUBLICAN PLAN COME TOGETHER TO SHOW THEIR TRUE COLORS.

  • Sally

    No, GOP legislators and ALEC know what's best for all of us...more guns, more deformed children, and slave wages. The GOP vision for America...1800...their version of 'small government' at work.

  • Sally

    So when a pregnant woman gets something that needs treatment, is refused, and loses the baby, will they charge her with murder too? And let me guess...these yahoos are also against contraception. Get out of Tennessee, ladies. Fast!

  • Churchlady320

    Anyone remember Princess Kate having such violent morning sickness the entire pregnancy itself was imperiled? Doctors, NOT legislators, must determine what is best for the mother and by extension the fetus. Stupid non-medical people making stupid decisions around issues they know nothing about is a disaster for the fetuses they claim they love and certainly for the women they could not care less about.