The prosecution of drug use in pregnant women does nothing to fulfill a legitimate policy goal and in fact seems to be racially motivated—at least in the implementation—rather than spurred by a concern for children.
The majority of pregnant women will experience some nausea or vomiting. For a some the extreme, nausea and vomiting is unrelenting. For an unlikely few, that condition becomes extreme – requiring an IV and treatment to ward off potential malnutrition. Some women turn to marijuana for relief – and evidence shows it works. But can we have a “real” conversation in this country about the risks vs. benefits of illegal drug use during pregnancy?
UK health officials want health providers to test the breath of pregnant women for carbon monoxide levels so they can tell the women smoking is bad for their health. Rather than, you know, asking the women directly if they smoke.