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SHOULD PREGNANT DRUG USERS BE PROSECUTED Many of us are use to hearing about the War on Drugs or Mothers Against Drunk Drivers MADD but not every day we hear about groups trying to stop mothers from killing their unborn child The method that these mothers are using to kill or permanently hurt their unborn child is by using drugs during their pregnancy Should these women go to jail for murdering or should they get help and pretend that nothing happened Like every situation in our life we must do what is right and we must fight for what we know is right Paul A Logli a prosecutor for the state of Illinois argues that it is the governments duty to enforce health of unborn fetuses and that the mothers of these victims should be prosecuted One of his views is that drugs are addictive and that legal and illegal drugs harm not only the unborn child but the mother as well Some times these types of drugs wont kill the fetus but it will affect himher for remainder of their life Logli 84 A 1988 survey of hospitals showed that as many as 375000 infants may be affected by maternal cocaine use during their pregnancy each year More recently a study at a hospital in Detroit showed that 427 percent of its newborn babies were exposed to drugs while in their mothers wombs Many of these kids show a mild autistic personality disorder at young ages Another problem due to this selfish act is the cost of pain and suffering from all the consequences that this problem brings upon the victims The typical intensive care costs from 7500 to 31000 and in some cases we have seen it up to 150000 Logli 86 Cocaine is one of the drugs most dangerous to unborn babies Over the past ten years there has been a dramatic increase in the number of
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