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Missouri Pregnancy Criminalization Bill (HB 252)

This law was last updated on Jan 4, 2018

This law is Anti–Choice




HB 252


Failed to Pass


Jan 4, 2017


Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 1


Substance Abuse During Pregnancy

Full Bill Text

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.

Related Legislation

Similar to HB 1903 and SB 185, both of which failed to pass in previous legislations.


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