Missouri Pregnancy Criminalization Law (HB 1903)
This law was last updated on Jun 28, 2016
HB 1903 creates the offense of abuse of an “unborn child.” The law would essentially criminalize prenatal drug and alcohol use.
The bill states that a person commits the crime of abuse or neglect of an “unborn child” when knowingly ingesting, injecting, consuming, inhaling, or otherwise using a narcotic or a controlled substance without a prescription while the woman is pregnant or reasonably should have known that she were pregnant.
Any person that violates this provision would be guilty of a class B misdemeanor.
The offense of abuse of an “unborn child” would be a class A misdemeanor if the child was born addicted to or harmed by the narcotic drug or controlled substance. It would be a class D felony of the child died as a result.
Similar to SB 185, which failed to pass in 2013.