Women Suspected of Using Drugs While Pregnant Can Be Jailed to Keep Fetus Safe - Broadly
What about Rehab instead???
During her time in state custody—where she was purportedly detained to protect the fetus—Loertscher was reportedly held in solitary confinement and threatened with the use of Tasers. “This was my first pregnancy, so I didn’t know what to expect,” Loerstcher told Rewire in 2014. “I was having lots of cramping and a lot of stress from everything, and they wouldn’t allow me to see the doctor.”
Dr. Kathy Hartke, chair of the Wisconsin section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), told Broadly that the organization is “extremely disappointed” in the Supreme Court ruling. “Many more women will now be subjected to punitive responses, contrary to public health recommendations,” Hartke said. “Not only is the law vague and misinterpreted, it acts as a deterrent for women to seek prenatal care, which is dangerous to both maternal and fetal health.”