BILLINGS, Mont. — Advocacy organizations have condemned the Big Horn County attorney’s decision to crack down on drug use among pregnant women.

The Billings Gazette reports that the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana and eight other health care, human rights and women’s organizations publicly condemned Attorney Jay Harris’ plans on Wednesday.

Harris had said his office will begin an “immediate crackdown” on pregnant women using drugs or alcohol, starting with a restraining order. If a woman is found to have violated the restraining order, Harris’ office says it will seek jail time.

Harris also called on community members to alert the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office of instances in which pregnant women used drugs or alcohol.

The advocacy organizations say the plan is cruel and will foster a climate of anxiety.


Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com