There’s news circulating on social media that Republican Governor Bill Haslam signed a new law that has made Tennessee become the first state to criminalize women for giving birth to a mixed newborn baby.
Simply put, that report is not true, however, there is a new law in Tennessee that will affect future pregnant moms.
Bill Haslam signed a new bill into law that would criminalize pregnant women who are caught doing illegal drugs while knowingly pregnant.
Apparently, the fake news, which claims it had to do with mixed race babies, seemed to have originated from a satire news site.
Meanwhile, the actual new bill is the first of its kind to be passed by a State in the United States which will punish women who have a child that is born addicted or harmed by narcotic drugs.
Those opposed to the new bill fear that it will prevent new expectant mothers to get the help that they need, or that the baby needs, due to fear of being arrested for their habitual drug problem.
Still, any pregnant mother caught using drugs will face a misdemeanor charge of assault under the new law which goes in effect July 1 (HOUSE BILL 1295/Amends TCA Title 39).