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 Post subject: Criminally Pregnant in Tennessee?!
PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 5:17 pm 
URGENT!!!

The Tennessee state senate has passed SB 1391 that would criminalize pregnant women dealing with substance use disorders… The law would bring criminal charges on women who deliver babies dependent on substances – there is NO exception for medication assisted treatment patients, so our patients who deliver babies physically dependent on methadone or buprenorphine (despite this being the STANDARD OF CARE for pregnant opioid dependent women) could be JAILED for receiving the gold standard medical treatment for their chronic health condition! This bill has passed both the TN State House and the TN State Senate…. The only way to stop it now (outside a court battle after the fact) is for Governor Bill Haslam to VETO the bill….

PLEASE take a few minutes out of your day TODAY and CALL (615-741-2001) and/or EMAIL (bill.haslam@tn.gov) Governor Haslam and ask him to veto this bill!! Pregnant opioid dependent women need TREATMENT NOT JAIL!! And forward this to your friends and family!!!

Read more here: http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/2014/03/26/treat-jail-drug-addicted-mothers/6882641/

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 Post subject: Re: Criminally Pregnant in Tennessee?!
PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 5:19 pm 
Dr. Jana Burson - an addiction medicine physician in Western North Carolina and ally of NAMA Recovery of Tennessee - addressed the situation on her blog today as well....

Check it out: http://janaburson.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/criminally-pregnant/


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 Post subject: Re: Criminally Pregnant in Tennessee?!
PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 4:36 pm 
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OMG this is just like burn the witch days!! Jail a women that has seeked help and the right medication.. unthinkable that she could be jailed!

...so im wondering is this in other states?


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 Post subject: Re: Criminally Pregnant in Tennessee?!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:11 pm 
Similar legislation has been attempted in other states (there's some bad proposals in Indiana for pregnant women right now the NAPW is lobbying against), but with this legislation TN would be the first state to actually criminalize women for the outcomes of their pregnancies. It's unconscionable.

Thanks to the HUGE outpouring of support by folks who have contacted Gov Haslam urging him to veto this bill...one of the easiest, quickest ways we can all be advocates for MAT.

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 Post subject: Re: Criminally Pregnant in Tennessee?!
PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:23 pm 
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I am so sorry to see that The Gov saw fit to sign this into effect....I know how much work you put into this it being in your backyard and all. :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

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 Post subject: Re: Criminally Pregnant in Tennessee?!
PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:26 pm 
Me too. We are currently drafting a joint press release with TPOD, the new TN chapter of AATOD to show solidarity between patients and providers in TN. We are also consulting our attorneys about filing an injunction in federal court. The fight is not over.

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 Post subject: Re: Criminally Pregnant in Tennessee?!
PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:15 pm 
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Good for you...I knew they couldn't keep yer spirit down...;)

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 Post subject: Re: Criminally Pregnant in Tennessee?!
PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 8:07 am 
Never! There's been substantial media coverage across the nation about this terrible new law too, so hopefully the national spotlight on this lunacy will help too.

Good piece on StopTheDrugWar.org on the bill becoming law here: http://www.stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2014/apr/29/tennessee_governor_signs_bill_cr

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