This is extraordinary legislation, and the latest in the Theocratic Right’s war on women. If I were a fertile woman I am not sure I would live in Tennessee now that this is the law. This is what the world would look like if the Theocratic Right had its way.
It’s Official: Tennessee Becomes First State to Jail Women for Pregnancy Outcomes
KATIE MCDONOUGH, Assistant Editor – AlterNet (U.S.)
Tennessee has become the first state in the nation to pass a law criminalizing women for their pregnancy outcomes. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam took the 10 days allotted to him to consider the advice of doctors, addiction experts and reproductive health groups urging him to veto the punitive and dangerous measure that allows prosecutors to charge a woman with criminal assault if she uses illegal drugs during her pregnancy and her fetus or newborn is considered harmed as a result. Haslam ignored these recommendations – and the recommendations of nearly every major medical association, including the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy – and signed the measure anyway.