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Is it right to put a pregnant, alcoholic or drug addicted woman in jail to protect her fetus?

Or should she just be allowed to poison her unborn child?

 
Shanna84

Asked by Shanna84 at 1:06 PM on Oct. 18, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (22)
  • Mandatory rehab until the baby is born. Here is SC some women who drank and did drugs while pregnant have been prosecuted for child abuse which is exactly what it is.
    sopranomommy

    Answer by sopranomommy at 1:28 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

  • She should be put into a pych hospital until her baby is born and taken away. Then she can poison herself all she wants.
    matthewscandi

    Answer by matthewscandi at 1:25 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

  • No mother, or person in general, is going to quit their addiction if they don't want to. You can imprison them for a year, but if they don't believe they have a problem or don't want to change they're going to go right back to it. You can't change someone who doesn't want to themselves change. However, I do believe there should be more effort made to alcoholic or drug addicted parents (pregnancy included) to get help. I think that there should be more of a push into that with some counseling as well.
    JazzlikeMraz

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 1:08 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

  • Jail no, inpatient rehab yes. Jail does nothing more than take away your freedom. Rehab at least gives you resources, information, and people who are trained to help get over addictions. Of course you do have to want to get help for it to actually work or you'll just be back at square one when all is said and done.
    Nanixh

    Answer by Nanixh at 1:22 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

  • Are you serious? Are you going to suggest next that we sterilize them so they can't have any more kids?

    How about the woman that has the occasional drink of wine with dinner while pregnant?

    What about mothers who smoke?

    Mothers that don't follow what you think is the right kind of diet?

    Where would it end?
    SpiritedWitch

    Answer by SpiritedWitch at 1:16 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

  • Putting them in jail may not change them, but it will protect the unborn child and I think that is the issue.

    zbee

    Answer by zbee at 1:19 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

  • I believe those women should be prosecuted. Obviously, we can't just lock anyone up without due process.
    Erin814

    Answer by Erin814 at 1:10 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

  • I get what you are saying, but that is a slippery slope against personal privacy and freedom. Terrible, but almost something we have to accept in order to maintain our own freedoms.
    urkiddingright

    Answer by urkiddingright at 2:56 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

  • We are obviously talking about the extremes here. If a woman can't make the choice to stay off drugs or decides to drink heavily, why should the child have to suffer?
    Shanna84

    Comment by Shanna84 (original poster) at 1:19 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

  • We are obviously talking about the extremes here. If a woman can't make the choice to stay off drugs or decides to drink heavily, why should the child have to suffer?
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    Where would it end?

    Don't misunderstand, I think mothers who continue to abuse themselves while pregnant are making very poor choices, but it is their choice to make. You can't take that choice away without there being consequences. Some of those consequences would be what others see as bad choices ... smoking, occasional drink, ANY kind of drug (aspirin, allergy, prescriptions, etc), not eating the "right" foods ... the list could go on and on.

    Should there be services offered to help her with her addiction? Of course, but you can't force someone who doesn't want to be helped.

    Whether you like it or not, the mother's rights come first. Sorry.
    SpiritedWitch

    Answer by SpiritedWitch at 1:32 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

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