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Minnesota Chemical Endangerment of an ‘Unborn Child’ (HF 316)

This law was last updated on Oct 30, 2017


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Minnesota

Number

HF 316

Status

Failed to Pass

Proposed

Jan 17, 2017

Sponsors

Primary Sponsors: 1
Co-sponsors: 2
Total Sponsors: 3

Topics

Substance Abuse During Pregnancy

Full Bill Text

www.revisor.mn.gov

HF 316 would establish the crime of chemical endangerment of “unborn children.”

The bill would make it a misdemeanor to knowingly cause or permit an “unborn child” to be exposed to a controlled substance.

If such an exposure results in substantial bodily harm to an “unborn child,” the offense would be a gross misdemeanor.

If such an exposure results in the death of an “unborn child,” the offense would be a felony.

The bill provides for an affirmative offense if the mother of the “unborn child” can prove that she had a lawful prescription for the controlled substance, that she was complying with the prescribing physician’s instructions, and the prescribing physician knew that the accused was pregnant at the time the prescription was issued.

Reporting Requirements

The bill would remove a provision of state law that allows a health-care professional to be exempt from reporting woman’s use or consumption of tetrahydrocannabinol or alcoholic beverages during pregnancy if the professional is providing the woman with prenatal care or other health-care services.

Upon receipt of a report, the local welfare agency would be required to immediately notify law enforcement and conduct an investigation.


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