Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Child endangerment for drinking?

Via Blogging Baby, comes this news out of Eastern Iowa, Pregnant woman charged with child endangerment for drinking. Let's see, she was not merely drinking but falling-down drunk, and was also charged with prostitution and public intoxication. The county attorney plans to request that child endangerment charges be dropped, since "under Iowa law, a fetus is not a person until it has been separated and been born from the mother and taken a breath independent of the mother, period."

Wonder if it will show up in the Express police blotter.


greasy joan said...

Back in the '50's, '60's, and '70's it was not medically frowned upon when women smoked like chimneys and sipped a little while pregnant.

It seems like the drunkenness is the symptom of a bigger problem.

The Mommy Blawger said...

Yeah, my Aunt's doctor recommended a glass of wine before bed to help her sleep at night. And my grandmother smoked & drank through 6 pregnancies. But this woman obviously had other issues.