Louisiana Bill Regarding Prenatal Exposure to Drugs (HB 73)
This law was last updated on Jun 28, 2016
HB 73 would charge pregnant people with “second degree cruelty to juveniles” if they are found to have used a controlled substance while pregnant.
The bill would charge a pregnant person with second degree cruelty to juveniles if they are found to have used a substance in violation of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance Law, which results in any of the following:
- Observable and harmful effects to the physical appearance or functioning of the newborn; or
- The presence of a controlled dangerous substance found in the newborn that is not the result of medical treatment.