Thursday, March 02, 2006

Idaho and pregnancy in the news

Between the NYT story today about the prevalent practice of keeping prisoners in shackles during childbirth (see the specifics in Idaho), and the likely legislation in Idaho that would imprison pregnant women who ingest illegal drugs (any illegal drugs, including marijuana or a sleeping pill not prescribed to her), I'm getting a scary picture of how pregnant women are treated in Idaho. The combination of these two policies is surely enough to scare women away from prenatal care, let alone treatment for addiction. Will someone remind lawmakers that there is a whole person attached to that fetus, please?

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