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Cool party you got there, bros: A Republican state representative in Alabama has proposed legislation that would require doctors to immediately inform law enforcement officials if they merely suspect a pregnant patient has been using drugs.
Raw Story reports that the bill, sponsored by Rep. Mack Butler, is supposed to make it easier to apprehend pregnant women who use illicit drugs by requiring docs to turn them in to police within two hours of their appointment. "Crackheads don’t have permanent addresses,” Butler said, which is his super-sensitive way of explaining why doctors should be deputized to violate patient confidentiality by ratting drug-addicted women to out to law enforcement.
Demonstrating a Butler-esque level of understanding of how addiction works, Alabama is one of the few states that arrests and prosecutes pregnant women who use illegal drugs instead of offering them treatment or any other kind of help to give their babies a better start in life .