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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


West Virginia


HB 4503


Failed to Pass


Feb 11, 2016


Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 1


Substance Abuse During Pregnancy

Full Bill Text

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.


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