Missouri Pregnancy Criminalization Bill (HB 252)
This law was last updated on Jan 4, 2018
HB 252 would amend the current offense of endangering the welfare of a child in order to criminalize prenatal drug and alcohol use.
The bill states that a person commits the crime of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree when knowingly ingesting, injecting, consuming, inhaling, or otherwise using a narcotic drug or a controlled substance without a prescription or in contravention to a valid prescription while such person is pregnant or reasonably should have known that such person were pregnant.
The offense of endangering the welfare of a child is a class D felony. It would be a class A felony if the child died as a result.
A violation of this provision may also be considered for referral to a drug court.