Who Could Really Disagree With This Proposal?

Cherisse A Scott rails against Tennessee law proposal SB1391:

It’s all too easy for politicians to demonize a mother before we get to the root causes of her lived experiences. And it is too easy still for many in our state – and others – to impose a rational point of view on an irrational situation.

Hmmm. So, what does SB1391 propose?

… pregnant mothers of color and poor mothers could face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty of using illegal drugs.


Drug addiction isn’t a choice – it is a health problem, and jail is not the cure.

No, there’s only one person for whom drug addiction truly isn’t a choice.

And that’s the baby.

8 comments for “Who Could Really Disagree With This Proposal?

  1. April 30, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Only black lasses and poor lasses? Are comfortably well off white women ok to take drugs during pregnancy then?

    Or did I read that wrong? 😕

    • May 1, 2014 at 7:07 am


  2. Stonyground
    April 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    If drug addiction isn’t a choice, how do you become addicted without choosing to take drugs? Unless, as you say, you are a baby.

    • May 1, 2014 at 7:07 am

      The sophistry of these people is breathtaking…

  3. Furor Teutonicus
    May 1, 2014 at 1:43 am

    What is their definition of “poor?”

  4. Furor Teutonicus
    May 1, 2014 at 1:44 am

    AHH. You appear to have fixed the posting problem!

    It is working just fine now.

    • May 1, 2014 at 7:15 am

      Fingers crossed!

  5. Ed P
    May 1, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    What about the “fathers of color” – who probably go out and buy the drugs while mummy waits at home with the baby?

    Are “poor” mothers financially bereft or not very good at nurture?

    As our friends across the pond might say, “It’s a crock”.

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