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posted by n1 on Tuesday May 06 2014, @04:02AM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
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USA Today reports that Tennessee has become the first state with legislation that will criminally charge women who use drugs while pregnant with assault for harm done to their infants. Tennessee officials have wrestled with what to do about the growing numbers of infants born dependent on drugs (921 in Tennessee in 2013) and who often suffer from a condition known as neonatal abstinence syndrome. The legislation would allow mothers to avoid criminal charges if they get into one of the state's few treatment programs. Governor Bill Haslam says he wants doctors to encourage women to get into treatment before delivering their babies so they can avoid charges. "The intent of this bill is to give law enforcement and district attorneys a tool to address illicit drug use among pregnant women through treatment programs," says Haslam.

Seventeen states already consider drug use during pregnancy as child abuse and in three of them Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin it is grounds for civil commitment (e.g. forced enrollment in treatment programs). In 15 states, health-care providers are required to report suspected abuse and, in four of those states, they are then also required to test for drug exposure of the child. Eighteen states have treatment programs targeted at pregnant women. Opponents of the bill, including five national medical organizations and local doctors who treat pregnant women, worry that criminalization will scare women away from treatment. "This law separates mothers from their children and is not patient-centered," says Cherisse A. Scott. "Tennessee families who are already being hit the hardest by policies such as the failure to expand Medicaid, poverty and a lack of available drug treatment facilities will be most deeply impacted by this bill."

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More Pregnant Women Are Using Cannabis 44 comments

Pregnant women are increasingly using cannabis, according to two studies published this year:

More pregnant women seem to be using pot -- sometimes to ease the nausea of morning sickness or heightened anxiety -- and a new study suggests that this slight rise in marijuana use is most pronounced among those younger in age. The prevalence of marijuana use among a sample of moms-to-be in California climbed from 4.2% to 7.1% from 2009 through 2016, according to a research letter published in the journal JAMA on Tuesday [DOI: 10.1001/jama.2017.17225] [DX]. Among pregnant teens younger than 18, marijuana use climbed from 12.5% to 21.8%, and among women 18 to 24, marijuana use climbed from 9.8% to 19%, the researchers found.

That research involved only certain women in California, but a separate study of pregnant women across the United States, published in JAMA [open, DOI: 10.1001/jama.2016.17383] [DX] in January, found that those who reported using marijuana in the previous month grew from 2.37% in 2002 to 3.85% in 2014. The women were 18 to 44.

Doctors caution that the health effects of marijuana on a fetus remain unclear but could include low birth weight and developmental problems [DOI: 10.1097/CHI.0b013e318160b3f0] [DX], according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of the chemicals in marijuana, like tetrahydrocannabinol, known as THC, could pass through a mother's system to her baby. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that "women who are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy should be encouraged to discontinue marijuana use" and "to discontinue use of marijuana for medicinal purposes in favor of an alternative therapy." Additionally, "there are insufficient data to evaluate the effects of marijuana use on infants during lactation and breastfeeding, and in the absence of such data, marijuana use is discouraged," according to the recommendations.

Also at LA Times.

Related: Tennessee to Jail Women Who Use Drugs while Pregnant


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  • (Score: 2) by Nobuddy on Tuesday May 06 2014, @04:30AM

    by Nobuddy (1626) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @04:30AM (#40025)

    There needs to be better rehab options available to addicts who find themselves pregnant. In general, really- but at minimum with these laws they need that.

    • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Ethanol-fueled on Tuesday May 06 2014, @01:45PM

      by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @01:45PM (#40140) Homepage

      Better rehab options...like mandatory abortion, sterilization, and long-term incarceration.

      No mercy for women who not only choose to stay pregnant while they clearly should not be having children, and possibly dooming their poor kid to birth defects and disorders as a result of their drug use. And on that same token, no mercy for anybody who chooses to carry to term a kid while lacking the monetary and behavioral fitness to do so.

      The touchy-feely Welfare State of the United States makes shit like this possible, because they know they can just have the taxpayers pick up the tab. Fuck 'em!

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by kaszz on Tuesday May 06 2014, @04:44AM

    by kaszz (4211) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @04:44AM (#40031) Journal

    Unless care and control is separated to different clinics this will ruin doctor-patient trust. And it will end with avoided prenatal care.

    As for drug addiction. Perhaps it's time to deal with it using forced treatment and not punishment in general. And also deal with background issues as far as possible.

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by BsAtHome on Tuesday May 06 2014, @09:23AM

      by BsAtHome (889) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @09:23AM (#40071)

      You cannot resolve a social problem with rules or forced treatment or, for that matter, punishment. You need to address the problem, not the symptom. And, yes, stigmatize a problem and it will move into the underground and become ever harder to solve.

      If drugs are the problem now, what about obesity, or eating the "wrong" food? Shouldn't that also be classified as "putting your child in danger"? For best child health, you need a balanced social environment. As long as that is not the case, any factor can "put the child on risk". Where will it end? Childfarms?

      • (Score: 1) by mytundra on Tuesday May 06 2014, @12:11PM

        by mytundra (3018) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @12:11PM (#40117)

        Treatment, punishment and stigmatization are how we deal with social problems like rape, robbery, and pedophilia... You might say these are never resolved and believe that environments will cure all ills. But saying the punishment and stigma aren't worth it? Nope.

        • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 06 2014, @02:21PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 06 2014, @02:21PM (#40152)

          Fuck you.
          Deuteronomy 22 28-29 in hebrew allows pedophile rape of young girls.
          The man keeps the girl and pays the father

          I hope you are killed for your support of the feminist global religion.

          Who the fuck is "WE" by the way?
          It's not me. It's you, the enemy.
          And you should be murdered.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by sparrowhawk on Tuesday May 06 2014, @04:50AM

    by sparrowhawk (503) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @04:50AM (#40032)

    Regardless of the merits or otherwise of the policy, for consistency should all drug use that seriously harms the as yet unborn child be included ? Both smoking tobacco & marijuana and alcohol usage during pregnancy are all documented to cause a wide variety of medically adverse outcomes. If the drugs classified as harmful were all included, the electoral fallout would make this untenable. If you only include legally prohibited drugs, your policy is only going to be partly effective. Given that you are dealing with drug addicts, rationality and responsibility are not a given. Attempts to educate are likely to fail for similar reasons. Any other activity that requires expertise or great responsibility is normally only allowed after proof of expertise and registration, and carries sanctions for failure. Examples include drivers and firearm licences etc. Parenthood is one of the last preserves of the amateur. Some people should simply not have children. Even if the child survives the pregnancy, they face a childhood usually with one or more of the same parents, who may add in addition to exposure to drugs, poor nutrition, be taught to believe in ideas for which there is no credible evidence. The only way to deal with these issues are to raise the level of the whole society. Governments of course, could not rule and subjugate a self realised and possessed population, and so will not allow this to happen.

    • (Score: 4, Informative) by Angry Jesus on Tuesday May 06 2014, @11:17AM

      by Angry Jesus (182) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @11:17AM (#40104)

      > Both smoking tobacco & marijuana and alcohol usage during pregnancy
      > are all documented to cause a wide variety of medically adverse outcomes.

      Don't be so sure.

      "The neonates of heavy-marijuana-using mothers had better scores on autonomic stability, quality of alertness, irritability, and self-regulation and were judged to be more rewarding for caregivers. "

      Prenatal Marijuana Exposure and Neonatal Outcomes in Jamaica: An Ethnographic Study [aappublications.org]

      Part of the problem with most research on marijuana use (and in fact most illegal drugs) is that you can't get legal access to drugs in order to conduct the study unless the study is designed to test for harmful results. Studies that test for beneficial results are, as a matter of policy, not permitted to get any drugs to test with. The result is subtle anti-drug propaganda. I'm not saying that neo-natal pot use isn't without risks, I am saying that the evidence we have about the effects is biased because the only questions researchers are permitted to ask are those that favor a specific political agenda.

      • (Score: 2) by hemocyanin on Tuesday May 06 2014, @04:00PM

        by hemocyanin (186) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday May 06 2014, @04:00PM (#40202) Journal

        Interesting. Another issue with would be sorting out cultural and socioeconomic effects from drug effects. Is a kid born to a poor homeless heroin user affected the same way as one born to an affluent heroin user? Differing nutrition, exposure to lead paint, stressful environment -- these may also have an impact. Just the fact that the parent is the type of person willing to engage in illegal behavior that can lead to jail time, that may have an impact on the kids.

  • (Score: 2) by LookIntoTheFuture on Tuesday May 06 2014, @05:30AM

    by LookIntoTheFuture (462) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @05:30AM (#40036)
    "Opponents of the bill, including five national medical organizations and local doctors who treat pregnant women, worry that criminalization will scare women away from treatment."

    Of course it will. Make their life harder! That'll help 'em!
    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Hairyfeet on Tuesday May 06 2014, @08:18AM

      by Hairyfeet (75) <bassbeast1968NO@SPAMgmail.com> on Tuesday May 06 2014, @08:18AM (#40058) Journal

      We here in the south call crap like this "backdoor religion" as it on the surface sounds like they are concerned with the welfare of unborn children but as you note anybody who thinks about it even for a few seconds can spot the flaw while in reality its to sell to the moral majority types (whom I personally cannot stand, they try to block contraceptives and abortions but you don't see their spoiled asses lining up to take the piles of unwanted children that are the result) whom the politicians can sell this as "one more step to abolishing Roe V Wade!". To those type I usually say "Sure lets go back to the back alley abortions of the 50s while the rich jet off to France for "treatment for exhaustion". Hey while you are at it maybe you can put them uppity blacks back in their place?". The scary part is running into those ultra right fundies down in the south all my life? Many of them would probably go for that.

      That said there is a simple way to damned near wipe out ALL abortion AND drug addicted babies without having to ban a single thing, but man you want to hear the NAACP/ACLU/ultra liberal types have a screaming shitfit just you dare mention it....offer $5000 in cash to any women of child bearing age who will get her tubes tied, and $2500 to any man. You do that you would have the junkies lining up around the block and within 5 years addicted babies, hell damned near all unwanted pregnancies, would be a thing of the past. But just try suggesting it without the ultra left rushing to throw down their race card, like blacks and latinos are little children that are so weak willed that just the thought of money will be enough to wipe out the entire bunch. Personally I think its damned insulting that the left thinks so little of black people and the NAACP should be ashamed for trying to make it into a race issue, but when you consider how much a drug addicted unwanted child costs ALL of us for the life of that child, from special needs to child abuse to increased crime? That 5k would be money well spent and would save the people several orders of magnitude more than trying to lock up every female junkie in the USA of childbearing age.

        Because as someone who has lived on both sides of the tracks I can tell you that is EXACTLY what you'll have to do, as it doesn't take long for a woman with a habit to figure out when she runs out of shit she can trade that ass for dope. Hell there is one I see nearly every day on the street from the building down the way, she is covered in meth sores and is carrying her NINTH kid, which I'm sure the state will get to raise like it has the previous eight, because whenever she runs out of money she just starts trading sex for dope and cash. Even handing out condoms to them won't help as I had to ask her when she was pregnant with number eight why she didn't just have the man use a rubber and got told "You get more for bareback"..sheesh.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 06 2014, @08:29AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 06 2014, @08:29AM (#40061)

        I like your idea. The only catch might be increases in rates of STD inflections due to those spending their tube tying monies on new televisions going out and fucking everything that moves under the impression that they're safe.

        I'm not religious, but the one merit of a healthy fear of god is that more people may think with their brains than with their privates... OTOH the demographic we're talking about might not think about it much at all; just gimme mah EBT y'all!

      • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Angry Jesus on Tuesday May 06 2014, @09:29AM

        by Angry Jesus (182) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @09:29AM (#40074)

        > But just try suggesting it without the ultra left rushing to throw down their race card,

        Don't confuse the race card with the poor card. Your idea means that a huge number of desperately poor people would have to give up the chance to have children in the future in order to eat. It would be nice to think, hey that's their choice to make and leave it at that. But that would be simplistic thinking -- just making that offer a standard policy would alter the market so that there would be less alternatives to taking that money.

        If it were temporary, like an IUD or a slow-release hormone implant, you'd get far less disagreement.

        • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Grishnakh on Tuesday May 06 2014, @02:28PM

          by Grishnakh (2831) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @02:28PM (#40156)

          I hate to break it to you, but vasectomies and tubal ligations have been reversible for many years now. Your information is decades out of date.

          Also, look at the alternative: lots and lots of kids being born into poverty and abusive situations. You really think that's a good thing? What is society supposed to do about that? Give these people lots of money so they can raise their kids better? That just gives people (who already have big problems in life: lack of education, drug addiction, etc.) an incentive to have even more kids, who are going to grow up to be fucked up just like their parents, if not worse.

          • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Angry Jesus on Tuesday May 06 2014, @05:14PM

            by Angry Jesus (182) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @05:14PM (#40233)

            > I hate to break it to you, but vasectomies and tubal ligations have been
            > reversible for many years now. Your information is decades out of date.

            Of course the reality is that it is waaaay more complicated than that. For a poor person, they are effectively irreversible.

            • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Tuesday May 06 2014, @07:08PM

              by Grishnakh (2831) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @07:08PM (#40277)

              If you're too poor to get a vasectomy reversal, then how the heck do you expect to afford raising a kid?

              • (Score: 2) by Angry Jesus on Tuesday May 06 2014, @07:53PM

                by Angry Jesus (182) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @07:53PM (#40307)

                > If you're too poor to get a vasectomy reversal,
                > then how the heck do you expect to afford raising a kid?

                (1) The underlying premise of your statement is that if someone can't afford to throw away an extra $2k+ (or likely double that given that poor people rarely "marry up" any more) then they deserve not to have any children. That's backdoor eugenics.

                (2) Tubal reversal is serious surgery. Far more risky and expensive than the ligation itself and with a significant chance of failure. There is already too much risk of death in child birth [aljazeera.com] and it is mainly clustered in poor women. What you propose means increasing that risk of death and injury.

                • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Tuesday May 06 2014, @08:34PM

                  by Grishnakh (2831) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @08:34PM (#40325)

                  then they deserve not to have any children. That's backdoor eugenics.

                  The underlying premise of your statement is that money grows on trees or children don't cost any money to raise. Please tell me exactly how someone who can't scrape together $2k (let's suppose the service is subsidized a little) can possibly afford to properly raise a child in this economy? $2k in most places is only about 2 month's rent in a 2-bedroom apartment (maybe less in some more rural areas) these days. Not only do you need a proper home (with separate bedroom) for a child, you have to pay for medical care/insurance (it's extra for kids), clothes (they grow quickly; you can save a lot by getting used baby clothes from Goodwill but still...), food, baby formula if breast-feeding isn't working, diapers, a car seat (if you have a car), a stroller, etc. Kids are expensive.

                  (2) Tubal reversal is serious surgery.

                  Well this is really a separate issue from the whole "eugenics" thing, so let's assume that we're only talking about paying poor men to get vasectomies.

                  • (Score: 2) by Angry Jesus on Tuesday May 06 2014, @08:47PM

                    by Angry Jesus (182) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @08:47PM (#40331)

                    > The underlying premise of your statement is that money grows on trees or children don't cost any money to raise.

                    No, the premise is that adding an additional burden above and beyond what it should cost to raise a child is more than unfair. I don't dispute that children are expensive, what I do dispute is the idea that adding financial barriers to parenthood is moral.

                    • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Tuesday May 06 2014, @09:16PM

                      by Grishnakh (2831) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @09:16PM (#40342)

                      No one added a financial burden to parenthood, that's the flaw with your reasoning. If the poor men are getting paid to get vasectomies, and then having to pay later to reverse it, they're actually profiting since they're getting a zero-interest loan (let's assume here that the pricing is fixed so that the cost of reversal is the same as the amount they're paid to get a vasectomy). If you're offering these men $2k to get fixed, and then years later they have to pay $2k to reverse it, that's not "an additional burden" at all. Don't forget, by having vasectomies, these men will save money by not having to purchase condoms (though they're still be a good idea for STD prevention if they're having sex with partners they're not sure of), not to mention the huge savings by not having to pay child-support payments to single women they accidentally impregnate.

                      • (Score: 2) by Angry Jesus on Tuesday May 06 2014, @09:28PM

                        by Angry Jesus (182) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @09:28PM (#40348)

                        That's the same logic that says organ selling should be legal. Because, hey, after all, it is their choice.

                        • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Wednesday May 07 2014, @12:23AM

                          by Grishnakh (2831) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @12:23AM (#40386)

                          What's the alternative? Let them keep breeding like rabbits, and then give them more welfare assistance?

                          • (Score: 2) by Angry Jesus on Wednesday May 07 2014, @01:03AM

                            by Angry Jesus (182) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @01:03AM (#40390)

                            > What's the alternative? Let them keep breeding like rabbits, and then give them more welfare assistance?

                            "Breeding like rabbits?" Wow.

                            The US birthrate is 1.9 per woman, [washingtonpost.com] which is less than what's necessary to maintain population levels, the country needs those kids. Making sure they have the opportunities necessary to succeed ought to be a priority. Given that total spending on welfare for children is less than 1% of the budget, [washingtonpost.com] we can probably afford to do better by them

                            But, if your problem is with the rabbits, free access to long-term contraception like IUDs -- as I mentioned in my first post -- ought to suit you just fine.

                            • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Wednesday May 07 2014, @01:30PM

                              by Grishnakh (2831) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @01:30PM (#40515)

                              The kids are all being born to the lowest classes. Why should the upper classes care about taking care of kids that aren't theirs? And how do you do that anyway, when the kids are in the custody of the poor, uneducated parents who are going to raise the kids to be just like themselves: poor and uneducated? You can't force people to raise their kids in the way you approve of, and you're not going to magically turn all these kids of uneducated people into doctors and engineers, since the most important factor in a child's education is their parents.

                              The way I see it, this country is headed for a big collapse within a generation.

                              • (Score: 2) by Angry Jesus on Wednesday May 07 2014, @04:52PM

                                by Angry Jesus (182) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @04:52PM (#40592)

                                Its like everything you write is simply stating the premise as the conclusion, that poor people suck.

                                • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Wednesday May 07 2014, @05:03PM

                                  by Grishnakh (2831) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @05:03PM (#40593)

                                  No, only ones who want to have a bunch of kids they can't afford and then expect other people to pay for raising them. That's called "irresponsible" in my book.

                                  • (Score: 2) by Angry Jesus on Wednesday May 07 2014, @05:10PM

                                    by Angry Jesus (182) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @05:10PM (#40596)

                                    And how do you differentiate between those people and all the other poor people?

                                    Oh yeah, make them pay an extra $4k+ and risk their health in order to prove their worthiness.

                              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 08 2014, @01:32AM

                                by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 08 2014, @01:32AM (#40781)

                                I think we could go nearly a century before collapse. We'll recover too, since the worthless won't survive without help, but that could be 2000 years from now.

        • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Hairyfeet on Tuesday May 06 2014, @02:45PM

          by Hairyfeet (75) <bassbeast1968NO@SPAMgmail.com> on Tuesday May 06 2014, @02:45PM (#40163) Journal

          Insightful? Really mods? you guys DO know that both male and female tube tying has been reversible for quite [tubalrever...ration.com] a long time now [wikipedia.org] but unlike the IUD (which has a higher failure rate BTW) they have to actually SPEND MONEY to get it done....I can tell you that most won't, and if having children isn't even worth the $3k it would take to have it reversed? Then I'm sorry but you would be a shitty parent or be unable to support the child without state help, so no child for you.

          And just FYI but I would also like to point out for the gallery that just because they have their tubes tied does not keep them from adopting any of the tens of thousands of unwanted children in the SYSTEM RIGHT NOW. If this would make those that truly want children look at adoption as a first or second choice? Its a win/win and worth every cent.

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          • (Score: 2) by Angry Jesus on Tuesday May 06 2014, @05:23PM

            by Angry Jesus (182) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @05:23PM (#40235)

            > I can tell you that most won't, and if having children isn't even worth the $3k
            > it would take to have it reversed? Then I'm sorry but you would be a shitty parent

            Nevermind the fact that it isn't just as simple as ponying up the money, it is hard to imagine a better demonstration of the utter callousness of your position then that.

            • (Score: 2) by Hairyfeet on Tuesday May 06 2014, @06:25PM

              by Hairyfeet (75) <bassbeast1968NO@SPAMgmail.com> on Tuesday May 06 2014, @06:25PM (#40261) Journal

              As opposed to YOUR callousness as to allow all these unwanted, often drug addicted and later on physically and even sexually abused children to be born? If you 1.- Don't give enough of a shit about your reproductive rights as to be wiling to sell them for as little as 5k and 2.- later on can't be bothered to save up enough to have it reversed? i'm sorry but you simply aren't good parenting material, no way you can possibly spin that into anything else. And I noticed how you completely sidestepped both the fact that they would sell their rights for so cheap AND that they could easily adopt, what does that say about YOUR position, hmm?

              Are you REALLY gonna argue that someone who places so little value on their reproductive rights would be a GOOD parent, really? Or are you seriously trying to argue that "those people" are just like little children and don't have enough sense to make up their own minds without you, the righteous middle class white person, making the choice FOR them? Is that really your position? because I have had this argument before and it always comes down to one or the other, either you think they are morons who should be "protected" because the poor and minorities simply can't be trusted to make their own choices, or they take the position that ALL reproductive rights are sacred and it doesn't matter if they are junkies, child abusers, or scum of the earth simply because they have the ability to pop out a kid that should be protected at all costs, welfare of the child and society be damned...so which is it?

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              • (Score: 2) by Angry Jesus on Tuesday May 06 2014, @06:51PM

                by Angry Jesus (182) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @06:51PM (#40273)

                > As opposed to YOUR callousness as to allow all these unwanted, often drug
                > addicted and later on physically and even sexually abused children to be born?

                Wow. Think of the children! Of course all the kids born to poor parents are unwanted, drug addicted and abused. Poor people are such terrible parents.

                • (Score: 2) by Hairyfeet on Tuesday May 06 2014, @10:08PM

                  by Hairyfeet (75) <bassbeast1968NO@SPAMgmail.com> on Tuesday May 06 2014, @10:08PM (#40361) Journal

                  Hey my parents were poor but unlike "those people" which is the obvious position you are supporting they WOULD NOT SELL THEIR RIGHTS and THAT is the difference! If you truly believe that "those people" can't be allowed to make their own choices without your white middle class input, why stop there? After all if they can't be trusted to decide whether to have reproductive rights or not what makes you think they have the ability to choose WHEN to use them either? Don't you think YOU would be better at deciding this?

                  I just hope you see how completely condescending and racist you sound, thinking that somehow 5k will sap them of their will and like little children that eat candy until they get sick they can't even have enough sense to decide how their bodies should be treated without YOU choosing for them.

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                  • (Score: 2) by Angry Jesus on Tuesday May 06 2014, @10:33PM

                    by Angry Jesus (182) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @10:33PM (#40369)

                    > Hey my parents were poor but unlike "those people" which is the obvious position you are supporting they
                    > WOULD NOT SELL THEIR RIGHTS and THAT is the difference!

                    Not sure who "those people" are, but it sure is easy for you to claim your parents would never have chosen food, housing, medical treatment or even just transportation to a job so as to give birth to you ten years later.

                    > After all if they can't be trusted to decide whether to have reproductive rights or not

                    Of course they can choose, they make that choice every day, the problem is holding them hostage to their poverty. You want to give out free IUDs, that's fine. You start paying people for something that is at best expensive to reverse and you start creating all kinds of perverse incentives.

                    • (Score: 2) by Hairyfeet on Wednesday May 07 2014, @01:58AM

                      by Hairyfeet (75) <bassbeast1968NO@SPAMgmail.com> on Wednesday May 07 2014, @01:58AM (#40399) Journal

                      My dad actually worked dead end jobs with a cracked skull just to make sure that my mother could get the medical treatment that was required for me to be born so...yes i think I can say that with 100% certainty. And again you completely avoid (like most of the left wingers that hold this position) explaining why you think that YOU are qualified to decide what THEY can and can't choose. Who are YOU to decide this? Who are YOU to say that all these unwanted children should be born? Are YOU gonna pay for them? How many have YOU adopted? Thought so, you see the left and the right have that in common, they just looove telling OTHERS how THEY should live but when it comes to walking the walk? then its THEIR problem not yours.

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                      • (Score: 2) by Angry Jesus on Wednesday May 07 2014, @02:15AM

                        by Angry Jesus (182) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @02:15AM (#40400)

                        > My dad actually worked dead end jobs with a cracked skull just to make sure that my mother could get the
                        > medical treatment that was required for me to be born so...yes i think I can say that with 100% certainty.

                        Your mother being already pregnant is a completely different situation than what is being discussed here.

                        > explaining why you think that YOU are qualified to decide what THEY can and can't choose

                        I never said they can't choose. Offering desperate people money to make a choice is coercion.

                        • (Score: 2) by Hairyfeet on Wednesday May 07 2014, @08:27AM

                          by Hairyfeet (75) <bassbeast1968NO@SPAMgmail.com> on Wednesday May 07 2014, @08:27AM (#40458) Journal

                          WRONG sir you are trying to spin the fact that you believe that poor people are children that they have NO free will of their own, simply because they are poor. You sir are arguing the same position that those for affirmative action, that without your help they are incapable of making a responsible choice. You can spin all you want but ultimately that IS your position, that being poor makes "those people" so pathetic and helpless that ONLY with YOU making the choice FOR them they will be okay.

                          Tell me would YOU sell YOUR reproductive rights simply because you are poor? Then why do you think that they are impotent children that can't choose correctly without you? You DO realize this is the exact same argument that is used for every. single. nanny. state. law. we have had from prohibition on up, the poor are helpless, they are stupid, after all if they weren't they wouldn't be poor would they? they will spend all their money on drugs if they are legal, spend all their money on booze if that is legal, they will gamble away every dime if there is a lotto or casino, your entire argument is based on the frankly offensive position that poor are children, only rich white people like yourself are qualified to make the choices for them.

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                          • (Score: 2) by Angry Jesus on Wednesday May 07 2014, @10:04AM

                            by Angry Jesus (182) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @10:04AM (#40472)

                            > Tell me would YOU sell YOUR reproductive rights simply because you are poor?

                            If I was starving, or homeless or dying of a treatable disease and the money would be enough to cure it then I probably would and so would most rationale and sane people.

                            > WRONG sir you are trying to spin the fact that you believe that poor people are children

                            Whatevers dude. I think your crazy-ass ranting has discredited your own position way more than anything I could have written and really that's the about the best I could reasonably expect from this conversation.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 07 2014, @06:16AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 07 2014, @06:16AM (#40430)

            I desperately want this to be a valid solution but the sociologists will see it as ethnic clraning. I agree that it should be done as a black man who works with primarily food stamp recipients. However, we would have to that the process is free of cultural and economic decriminalize.

      • (Score: 1, Troll) by VLM on Tuesday May 06 2014, @11:57AM

        by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday May 06 2014, @11:57AM (#40113)

        "offer $5000 in cash to any women of child bearing age"

        The problem with this logic, is they might be dumb, but they're not that dumb, and they'll get them tied after their little benefit sources are popped out. Below a certain income level, each kid is a net positive financial source.

        Crude as it sounds, I'd say bring back the orphanages for about one generation and hand out free heroin to anyone screwed up enough to use it. Skip this meth stuff it doesn't kill them fast enough, go right to the strong stuff. Once the gene pool is cleansed, it'll be a much smaller problem.

        One interesting idea is mix-ins with the free .gov stuff. Not poison or injectable birth control, but maybe folic acid, so there will be fewer deformed kids born making the inevitable .gov / taxpayer expense somewhat lower. Still present of course, but lower. Aside from iron, I'm not sure there's anything in prenatal vitamins thats bad for men, or at least worse for them than the heroin. That would have interesting social effects, where the leech class families would end up healthier than working class and some middle class families, which is pretty messed up. Still adding some supplements to the .gov free stuff isn't all that bad of an idea overall.

        • (Score: 2) by Angry Jesus on Tuesday May 06 2014, @12:18PM

          by Angry Jesus (182) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @12:18PM (#40118)

          > Below a certain income level, each kid is a net positive financial source.

          Really? What level is that? Because, to me, that sounds like one of those things everybody knows, but nobody has ever proven. Back before "welfare reform" cut-backs, the marginal value of a kid on welfare was $3/day. [fair.org] Even in 1995 dollars, $3 was barely enough to feed the kid.

          • (Score: 2) by VLM on Tuesday May 06 2014, @02:14PM

            by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday May 06 2014, @02:14PM (#40150)

            that's kinda the point... you don't have to feed them if they get free breakfast and free lunch at school, and free food pantry for the occasional meal at home.

            So food and medical are free, donated clothes are free, um, every penny seems to be pure profit?

            "responsibility" is a middle class value, so applying that to another culture is imperialistic, blah blah, just doesn't work. Raising the kid is the .gov's problem, and parent keeps the money, every penny of it.

            The problem is the population contains two groups, civilized contributors suffering from a likely temporary lack of money (or permanent due to tragedy, etc) and an uncivilized group providing nothing other than employment to the social work and prison-industrial complex employees. By definition the former is not going to be acting as described, other than occasional accident or whatever, we're only talking about the behavior of the uncivilized latter group.

            • (Score: 2) by Angry Jesus on Tuesday May 06 2014, @05:06PM

              by Angry Jesus (182) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @05:06PM (#40230)

              > that's kinda the point... you don't have to feed them if they get free breakfast
              > and free lunch at school, and free food pantry for the occasional meal at home.

              So, your contention is that women on welfare will have children so that years later, when they start going to school where there is free breakfast and lunch, they will get to steal the $90/month for themselves? And what actual proof do you have for your claims other than your belief that poor people aren't responsible?

              • (Score: 2) by VLM on Tuesday May 06 2014, @05:56PM

                by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday May 06 2014, @05:56PM (#40246)

                As an inductive experiment, lets assume irresponsibility is inversely correlated with poverty ... I can't go on from here ...

                I think we're going to have to agree to disagree, and with the conclusion of the discussion, have a nice day.

                • (Score: 2) by Angry Jesus on Tuesday May 06 2014, @06:22PM

                  by Angry Jesus (182) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @06:22PM (#40260)

                  > As an inductive experiment, lets assume irresponsibility is inversely correlated with poverty

                  Yes, that seems to be what you have assumed. Poor people are stupid. Man.

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 06 2014, @06:21PM

              by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 06 2014, @06:21PM (#40259)

              a lot of the stuff you're saying seems like its coming straight from fox news. granted, there certainly are people who are nothing but a drain on the system, and actually do have more children just to get more cash assistance from the government - i actually know one of them, and its sickening - but the people like that who actually are nothing but a drain are not a majority, they are just a tiny fraction so small it would be considered a rounding error when taken against the whole population, probably even still when considered against those in poverty (which is half the country according to mitt romney).

              the majority of the poor really are in your first category - civilized contributors stick in a bad situation, often due to there being no jobs. your latter category is more like the mythical "voter fraud" problem, while it does indeed exist and occur from time to time, it doesnt happen enough to be an actual problem, and is more of a scare tactic than anything else.

              posting AC because i havent gone through the whole thread for mod purposes yet.

      • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Thexalon on Tuesday May 06 2014, @03:36PM

        by Thexalon (636) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @03:36PM (#40190)

        but man you want to hear the NAACP/ACLU/ultra liberal types have a screaming shitfit just you dare mention it....offer $5000 in cash to any women of child bearing age who will get her tubes tied, and $2500 to any man.

        I'm an NAACP/ACLU/ultra-liberal type. (Also, for the record, the ACLU has not-infrequently stood on the side of conservatives exercising their civil liberties too, and describing it as a liberal organization is at least partially incorrect.)

        I don't find your idea wholly a bad one, but don't think it will work quite as well as you might hope. My guess is that most people who end up on drugs and pregnant aren't thinking ahead enough to even know that the program you described exists, much less take advantage of it. I also see potential for waste, fraud, and abuse:
        - doctors claiming to have performed sterilizations they hadn't
        - snatching people up off of the street, sterilizing them, and taking their $5K. Or pimps doing the same thing to their prostitutes.
        - bad folks working with unscrupulous doctors pretend to be 3 different people, doctor performs 1 sterilization, claims to have done 3, and the person gets $15K instead of $5K.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by evilviper on Tuesday May 06 2014, @06:04AM

    by evilviper (1760) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @06:04AM (#40041) Homepage Journal

    Tennessee has become the first state with legislation that will criminally charge women who use drugs while pregnant with assault for harm done to their infants.

    Well then, if this stands up to court challenges, then abortion can now be classified as homicide.

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  • (Score: 2) by bradley13 on Tuesday May 06 2014, @06:10AM

    by bradley13 (3053) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday May 06 2014, @06:10AM (#40043) Homepage Journal

    I like national-level political topics, even if this is mostly a techie site, but I suggest avoiding topics about local politics.

    I don't think US-based Soylentils are terribly interested in the politics of Solothurn, or Bayern. Similary, those outside the US are unlikely to be interested in the doings of Tennessee or North Dakota. anyway, not until some town council declares Pi to be 3 again...

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    • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 06 2014, @07:05AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 06 2014, @07:05AM (#40051)

      Sure but this isn't as much about local as it is about politics, i.e. this could in theory happen anywhere. And the question whether this is a good or a bad idea, how to define the boundaries and what kind of consequences it will have are universally interesting questions I think.

      I personally always look away in deep disgust when I see a smoking pregnant woman. To me it's the ultimate selfish stupidity. When a pregnant woman is using drugs however is a sign of Serious Trouble in addition to that so it probably requires another, a more complex approach.

    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by blackest_k on Tuesday May 06 2014, @09:14AM

      by blackest_k (2045) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @09:14AM (#40069)

      I'd have to disagree, a lot of policies get tested on smaller area's first. It's not my state, it isn't even my country but it is of interest still even if its just another reason to be glad not to live there.

      The consequences of this law are far reaching and badly applied. Why does the USA have such a problem with crack? It doesn't make sense to be jailing people just to make more room in the gutter and of course feeding the private prisons even more state funds.

      The suggestion of paying people to get their tubes tied is not a good one since that means an end to any hope of a normal life raising a family.

      There are several forms of contraception available such as iud's the pill even injections and slow release drugs which can prevent pregnancy.

      It's more complex than just helping crack addicts gain normal lives, after all you don't want becoming a crack addict the gateway for non addicts to get some support to get out the gutter. At the same time it is pretty messed up when a country gives up on some of its people to a life of prison and desperation.

  • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 06 2014, @11:37AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 06 2014, @11:37AM (#40107)

    Cause all smoking pregnant women must be in jail right?
    And while we are at it lets add Coffee and Teflon.

    In fact, lets just fit her with a respiration monitor to make sure she is breathing and farting properly.

    We need to educate these women with, "What would Jesus do?"

  • (Score: 1) by SpockLogic on Tuesday May 06 2014, @11:52AM

    by SpockLogic (2762) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @11:52AM (#40111)

    Another battle won in the war on women.

    Next lets follow ALEC's game plan and get them all locked up to keep the private jails profitable. Welfare isn't a bad thing when its corporate, is it.

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Dunbal on Tuesday May 06 2014, @12:19PM

    by Dunbal (3515) on Tuesday May 06 2014, @12:19PM (#40120)

    So today it's drugs. Tomorrow it will be tobacco and alcohol. The day after that, it will be mothers who are overweight or who don't eat an approved diet. Because the children. Someone must protect the children.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 06 2014, @12:46PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 06 2014, @12:46PM (#40125)

      Yeah, because a stay in jail of the pregnant woman will surely be good for the unborn ... </sarcasm>

    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Hairyfeet on Tuesday May 06 2014, @03:46PM

      by Hairyfeet (75) <bassbeast1968NO@SPAMgmail.com> on Tuesday May 06 2014, @03:46PM (#40196) Journal

      That is because to the ultra right? Women ARE cattle. Sorry women and those on the ultra right, that is YOUR policies. The woman is nothing but a walking womb, the child the product so just like cattle you control what goes in em so you can get the product you want out. No matter how you slice it if you were to implement 100% the platforms of the right no woman with a womb would be anything but cattle with zero say about what goes on, even if they are raped the unwanted child is still a product so they must be monitored to insure proper output...she's cattle.

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