Alabama Bill Regarding Prenatal Exposure to Drugs (HB 420)
This law was last updated on Jun 27, 2016
HB 420 would clarify the term “child” to include an “unborn child” in utero at any stage of development regardless of viability when considering the crime of chemical endangerment by exposing a child to a controlled substance.
The bill would establish venue for prosecution for exposure in utero in the county where the child is born. The bill would create a rebuttable presumption of guilt of exposure in utero if both the mother and the child test positive for the same controlled substance not prescribed by a physician.