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Introduced this week in the Tennessee House, a new version of the fetal assault law. I'm going to write here about it's history, and why I'm worried. Hoping you will help me spread the word. @DrJenGunter @choo_ek #medtwitter #tweetiatricians wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/…
First, please don't attack my home state of Tennessee. Some on my twitter feed like to say negative things about my state ... it's not productive, it's insulting. The state is me, my family, colleagues and hundreds of public servants trying to do good.
Now to the history. From 2014 to 2016, Tennessee had a law on the books that a woman using a narcotic in pregnancy could be charged with a misdemeanor. It was essentially a special penalty just for pregnant women. tn.gov/content/dam/tn…
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