WPR News
8:59 am
Thu February 8, 2007

Stakes Could Go Up for Meth-Addicted Moms

Cheyenne, WY – The state House passed a bill today punishing women who use meth while they're pregnant. But, the bill no longer has as strong a penalty. The bill as it is now would say a doctor can take a child away from a mother after birth if she has abused meth. Then the mother could get treatment, avoid any penalty and get her baby back. But, if she doesn't get treatment police could charge the mother, however not with a felony as the bill used to say. Representative Liz Gentile says she is still opposed to this.
The proponents of the bill say something has to be done about the number of babies born to meth addicted mothers.