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PA: Keep families intact (Opinion)
Times-Tribune – September 22, 2017
Recently, state Rep. Kathy Watson, Bucks County Republican, introduced a bill that would help ensure that babies who are born dependent on controlled substances are safely cared for and receive critical services. The legislation would reverse a 2015 amendment to the state’s Child Protective Services Law that exempted health care providers from reporting infants born exposed to drugs when mothers were legally prescribed addictive narcotics during pregnancy. Protection of the newborn is the most crucial concern, but that’s not where the concern ends. Is it possible to care about babies and not their mothers? I don’t think so.