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1Lily Pena David Smith POLS 2306-482 Party Platform Analysis: Substance Use During PregnancyShould pregnant women be prosecuted for the use of illegal drugs while pregnant? I believe so, putting a life at risk that hasn’t even seen the world or took their first breathe is not okay. This is like giving a new born baby drugs or shooting up a new born baby with heroin, no one would find that okay. Use of drugs while pregnant can cause a child to have many birth defects or even death. A woman that is pregnant and is still using illegal drugs should be prosecuted, this falls hand in hand with another big debate today which is abortion because, the use of drugs and harm caused to the baby leads to death. Tennessee is one state that want to make it a law that the use of illegal drugs during pregnancy a women should be prosecuted. Reason being is because Tennessee has become one of the top states with babies born with birth defects due to the use of illegal substance during pregnancy. State representative Terri Weaver, who sponsored the bill in the House states, “This law brings treatment to the worst of the worst, it is heartbreaking if you are a police officer, and you see a woman is seven or eight months pregnant and shooting heroin. There is an individual inside that belly that has no choice but to take whatever goes into it.” Although not a single state

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