Should drug testing for pregnant women be mandatory?
Two national groups, MoveOn, and RH Reality Check, are circulating an online petition calling on Zoeller to apologize for asking Indiana lawmakers to approve mandatory drug testing and to stop inciting disrespect for pregnant women’s civil liberties. The petition has more than 3,500 signatures, although Zoeller says he has never called for mandatory testing. As co-chairman of the state’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, he has been speaking about solutions to prevent babies from suffering from a condition known as neonatal abstinence syndrome. Babies born to mothers who are abusing prescription or illicit drugs can have the syndrome, which often results in seizures, breathing problems, dehydration, tremors and difficulty feeding. “I never intended to say we either had recommended mandatory testing or that we would,” Zoeller told The Indianapolis Star. “I wasn’t calling for it.” Read the full story on USA Today.]]>
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