Drug-addicted pregnant women could seek addiction treatment without the fear of prosecution or having their children taken away under a proposed bill in the Legislature.
Tim Pierce with the UM Legislative News Service reports, in addition to creating a “safe harbor,” House Bill 309 would create a grant program for health departments to treat prenatal addictions.
Democratic Representative Kimberly Dudik from Missoula, who’s sponsoring the bill, says the hope is fewer babies are born addicted.
Beth Brenneman with Disability Rights Montana says the bill needs to be amended so the treatments are based off individualized plans and straying from that plan won’t cause more penalties.
The House Judiciary Committee did not take immediate action on the bill when it was heard Monday.