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Subject: Re: child endangerment Date: 1/22/2013 7:00 AM
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I was surprised at how many people wanted to focus on her blowing 0.04 and how much under the legal limit that was. She wasn't simply stopped at a DUI checkpoint, she had wrecked her car. Sounds impaired to me, from the reports.

I generally am against criminalizing women's behavior when they're pregnant. It feels like that would keep at least some women who need prenatal care away from doctors and clinics, and that's not good, either.

There's still judges on the bench who probably had mothers who had a cocktail or two and/or smoked while they were pregnant. I'd be surprised if they came down hard on women whose sole offence is drinking while pregnant.

If the drinking is one factor among several (like causing a wreck, assault, possession, etc.) that's a different story, and I can see a judge going there, but...the system is overloaded with child endangerment & abuse of actual, born-already kids. Who's going to handle a flood of pregnant women doing unhealthy things?

Not that I think it's a good idea at all, but even if this became a thing, I'm not feeling like the people who want it have thought it through.

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