Oklahoma Bill Regarding Pregnant Women and Substance Abuse (SB 559)
This law was last updated on Apr 24, 2015
SB 559 would change the definition of “assault” to include the act of causing a child to be born addicted to or harmed by a narcotic drug, when it was caused by the illegal use of a narcotic drug by a child’s mother while she was pregnant.
A woman found guilty would be charged a misdemeanor and face up to 30 days in jail or a fine up to $500.
If the illegal use of a narcotic drug results in the death of the child, the assault would be a felony offense punishable by imprisonment in the Department of Corrections up to five years, or a county jail up to one year, and/or by a fine of up to $500.
Mitigation would take into consideration if the pregnant woman was actively enrolled in, and successfully completed an addiction recovery program, regardless of whether the child was born addicted to or harmed by the narcotic drug.
Passed the Senate (44-0) but died in the House.