Controversial Fetal Assault Law Expires

Posted at 5:20 PM, Jul 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-01 18:20:55-04

The sun has set on the controversial Fetal Assault law.

That law charged new mothers with assault if they took opiates during pregnancy and their babies were born addicted.

Several groups, including the ACLU and Addiction Campuses, opposed the law saying new parents with addictions need to be treated, not jailed.

“We have a large problem in the justice system with the way they look at drugs,” said Brian Sullivan, of Addiction Campuses. “We sometimes throw people who are mentally ill and struggling with an addiction in a cage and expect that to fix it. Then they get out, and we're shocked at recidivism rates.”

Critics said the law also made women afraid to reach out for help, and those critics added they approve of lawmakers letting the law expire.