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I think that women should go to prison if they take any type of drugs while they are pregnant. That may be just my opinion, but while I was reading Criminalizing Pregnancy for class I couldn’t believe how upset I was. Why would anyone put their child at risk just to “get a quick fix” while they are pregnant. They should be more worried about their child, and it is so frustrating.  I am glad to see that Alabama has that law because people shouldn’t be taking drugs while pregnant, but I can’t believe that people are saying that it isn’t a criminal issue. Taking many different types of drugs that aren’t prescribed by a doctor is illegal and punishable by jail time, so what make this any different? The mothers that take drugs while pregnant should not get special treatment because they are putting another person at risk. I totally agree with the prosecutor says in this interview. Mitch Floyd, the prosecutor, says, “Addiction is ‘a very powerful force, However, there’s a force that’s more powerful than that to me, and that is a child is helpless, and God has put one person on this planet to be the last-line defense, to be the fiercest protector of that child, and that is its mother. My wife would literally claw someone’s eyes out — fight you to the death for our children. I mean, that’s just what mothers are supposed to do. When that child’s ultimate protector is the one causing the harm, what do you do?’” This is the sad reality. Who is going to protect them if their mother is the one hurting them by taking drugs? There should be more laws like this I think because those babies need to be protected too. This article completely ticked me off. No child should lose their life because their mom can’t stop taking drugs, no matter what the reason may be it just isn’t right!

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