Thursday, July 10, 2014

First Tennessee Mother is Charged Under New Pregnancy Law

Posted By on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 10:16 AM

WBIR in Knoxville reports that a new law allowing women to be criminally charged for drug use during pregnancy has been put to use for the first time.

Mallory Loyola, 26, was arrested and charged with simple assault two days after giving birth. The station reports "Loyola and her young daughter both tested positive for amphetamine" and that "deputies say Loyola admitted to smoking meth three to four days before giving birth to her child."

When Gov. Bill Haslam signed the bill into law in May, after it passed the legislature with bipartisan support, he made Tennessee the first state to enact such a policy. Women's groups, medical professionals, and the New York Times editorial board had urged him to veto it.

Update: The video of the report (which won't stop autoplaying — THANKS WBIR — has been moved to after the jump

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