Do you think mothers who do drugs and drink while pregnant should be jailed?
Perhaps some questions to answer a question is in order here. Is it criminal to behave in such a way that one person causes physical damage to another person? Is it criminal for one to cause heart, lung, or brain damage to another?
Don't forget tobacco. It is documented that even secondhand smoke can harm pre-born infants.
No, our for profit prison system has no interest in rehabilitating people. She should be placed in mandatory in patient treatment and given a chance to clean her act up.
Mandatory treatment until the baby is born would be ideal, but then what do statistics say happens to the baby when the addict is released? It's a difficult and complicated issue, isn't it?
Jomana.......Jailed? Lock a pregnant woman in a cold, filthy & dangerous CELL because she is ignorant about self-care during pregnancy? Let's HOPE not.
Isn't it the unborn child we are concerned with here? "Concern" and help for the mother seems to be in order here as well.
In this Country of ours, surely there are people, medical & legal staff or agencies and charities to provide the support and assistance required to guide this woman. All resources can and should be involved in these cases to protect both unborn child and mother. Is it not the responsibility of all human beings to protect life?
Addicts are a difficult group to properly deal with and we should all be well aware of this. This includes alcohol as well as illegal drugs. Even prescription medications are carefully monitored during pregnancy and prescribed only when a Dr. deems it absolutely necessary.
To simply ignore the availability of means to provide help and protection, based on laziness or "finances/funds," is 100% unacceptable. Do we really want "incarceration" to be our remedy for such issues? Only if we are barbaric.
doctors and police do not have the right to jail them. Unless someone reported to police that pregnant mum is taking the drugs, she would be jail.
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