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West Virginia Bill Regarding Substance Abuse During Pregnancy (HB 4503)

This law was last updated on Jun 29, 2016


This law is Anti–Choice

State

West Virginia

Number

HB 4503

Status

Failed to Pass

Proposed

Feb 11, 2016

Sponsors

Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 1

Topics

Substance Abuse During Pregnancy

Full Bill Text

www.legis.state.wv.us

HB 4503 would make substance abuse during pregnancy a crime. A mother would be guilty of a misdemeanor if her child was born and diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome or with the presence of any amount of a controlled substance in his or her blood, urine or meconium.

The misdemeanor for this charge would be punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. The bill would allow a drug court course of substance abuse education and treatment as an alternative to punishment and conviction, and would authorize expungement of records under certain circumstances.


People

Primary Sponsor