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Missouri Pregnancy Criminalization Bill (HB 252)

This law was last updated on Jan 4, 2018


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Missouri

Number

HB 252

Status

Failed to Pass

Proposed

Jan 4, 2017

Sponsors

Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 1

Topics

Substance Abuse During Pregnancy

Full Bill Text

www.house.mo.gov

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.


People

Primary Sponsor