Originally posted by cheerfuldoer
P.S. I am NOT suggesting pregnant women be placed IN PRISON with other criminals.......but placed in a SEPARATE TREATMENT FACILITY specifically designed to educate and house pregnant women who are drug addicts.
Thats a pretty fine hair to split, imo. Imprisoning someone in nicer surroundings is still a prison. What you suggest is illegal and unconstitutional.
Perhaps if facilities were to be set up that women could go to voluntarily
... some drug and alcohol rehab facilities DO confine people at their own will - a contract is signed, I think.
But you know what? Convicted criminals in the general prison population have ample access to drugs of their choice - why should it be different for pregnant females? People with an addiction will find a way to fuel the addiction, no matter what. No law, no "confinement" will stop that. And years of experience with addictions and programs such as AA have shown us that it's the person's own work that will heal the addiction. You can have support and "programs" coming out your nose, but the person with the addiction has to want it badly enough to stick with it, and do the internal work and soul searching that brings healing.
I say protect the children after they are born by getting them out of the entire situation. Too much leeway is given to mothers who want to keep their kids, despite being unsuitable. Kids placed with a family member who may be only marginally better, or who lets the mom have access to the kids anyway. Less law enforcement and more social work is needed. More and better foster care. Perhaps more kids need to be premanently removed from the mothers custody....
But to try to go after the mother while she is still pregnant to protect the kid infringes on her basic rights as a human, and I cannot abide that. Yes, to most of us it is unconscionable to be doing things that would harm the baby while you are pregnant. Sitting in judgement on others does not entitle you to take away others rights. Courts have ruled time and time again that the fetus does NOT have rights that supercede the rights of the adult mother. There are good reasons behind those rulings.