Skip to comments.For Norwegian drug addicts, pregnancy might lead to incarceration
Posted on 11/02/2013 3:19:24 AM PDT by marthemaria
A unique law gives social workers in Norway the right to lock up pregnant drug addicts to protect the health of unborn children. A new study looks at how the pregnant users react to being incarcerated
'Siri' was enrolled in an opioid-assisted drug rehabilitation programme in Norway when she discovered that she was sixth months pregnant. She informed the staff immediately, and within 24 hours she was voluntarily on her way to a closed ward.
She felt that firm limits were needed.
After arrival she was shocked to find that doors and windows were locked, surveillance was extensive, and that a withdrawal of her consent to be there voluntarily would resort in an official, forced incarceration.
The study is delving into unknown territory as no other country has a similar law, and no-one has researched how the lawful incapacitation is experienced by the troubled addicts.
The notion behind the law is that an unborn child has some legal rights and that the social welfare system should protect it from the harm of their drug-using mothers.
A pregnant womans drug use can result in complications such as birth defects, neurological problems and spontaneous abortions.
Behind bars in an institution, an unborn child is safer from such harms as their mother is barred from access to drugs. But, ironically and importantly, such incapacitation of a mother might end up killing the foetus. Abortion may be the only way out
Although pregnant drug addicts are not criminal per definition, they can lose their right to personal freedom and stay in the hands of the ward staff until they give birth, or, until they decide to get an abortion.
The idea is that in case the child is born, it should get the best possible start, considering the situation,
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Alcohol will do far more damage to the unborn child than drugs. New Mexico has such a problem with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome amongst the Natives that they have been able to lock up pregnant women who drink - I don’t know if it is still allowed. Having a daughter with FAS, I know that losing the liberty to abuse the child through alcohol is the best thing for the child and the nation (FAS kids are called “10 million dollar babies” because of how much the state will expend to raise that child in prison or mental institutions.)
Any damage to the unborn had already occurred.
Actually, I find it rather weird. I’ve always thought of Norway/Sweden as being Progressive Atheist jurisdictions and as such would have simply aborted the pregnancy and sterilized the drug addict and dropped her off at a “free drug” zone where she could drug to death. Why would a semi-facscist Nanny state waste millions on the program discussed in this article? I don’t get it.