Oklahoma Bill to Charge Pregnant Drug Users With Assaulting Fetus Passes Senate Committee

Oklahoma's Capitol Building,
Oklahoma’s Capitol Building,

Pregnant women who use drugs could face criminal assault charges under a measure that was approved with a unanimous 37 to 0 vote in Oklahoma’s Senate Appropriations Committee.

Senate Bill 559 would change the definition of assault to include the illegal use of a drugs by a child’s mother while the mother is pregnant. A woman found guilty would face a misdemeanor charge, a $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail. If the child dies as a result of the drug use, the assault would be considered a felony and the woman would face up to five years in prison.

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