Charge pregnant women for drug abuse? Tenn. bill wants to do just that

Newborn baby feet, Photo Date: January 15, 2013 / Photo: Pixabay / (MGN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A new Tennessee bill seeks to charge pregnant women who abuse narcotic drugs during pregnancy.

The bill says women who used narcotics during their pregnancy could face prosecution if their baby is harmed or born with an addiction.

According to CBS affiliate WTVF, women would not be prosecuted under the bill if they're enrolled in an addiction recovery program before the baby is born or if they complete the program.

If passed, the law would go into effect on July 1 of this year.