It is indeed a puzzler. An Iowa law maker wants to make it a felony for a mother to pass an illegal substance to a fetus.
The bill would make passing illegal substances from a mother to a fetus a Class B felony, punishable by up to five years in prison or up to a $7,500 fine.
Republican Rep. Clel Baudler of Greenfield says his bill sends the message that “using illegal drugs will not be tolerated” and that incarceration is an effective means to force drug-using pregnant women to get clean.
I get this general idea here. Mothers should not be taking illegal drugs; it harms their unborn children. But the elephant in the room, so to speak, is that it is currently LEGAL for mothers to KILL their unborn children. So killing them via abortion is OK, but passing along a little weed is now a felony? WTF?
Does anyone see the ‘ole law of unintended consequences creeping into this POS legislation?
DA: ” Ma’am, you are being charged with possession and use of marijuana, which is a misdemeanor punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail. However, your current medical records indicate you are three months pregnant, correct? As such, the transference of a controlled substance to an unborn child is a Class D felony in Iowa punishable by a $7,500 fine and up to 5 years in jail.”
Mother: “Really?. A felony, huh? I see. Oh, by the way, I intend to have an abortion tomorrow, which is within my medical rights, so let’s talk about that whole “Class D Felony” thing with my lawyer next week, OK?”