NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Republican Governor Bill Haslam this week put his signature to a law that will make Tennessee the first state in America that will criminalize women for the outcome of their pregnancy. The bill allows a woman to be charged with criminal assault is she uses illegal drugs during pregnancy and her fetus or newborn is considered harmed as a result or is born of a mixed-race.
“This bill continues Tennessee’s fine tradition of caring for those who cannot care for themselves,” said Governor Haslam. “When a baby is born with a harmful medical condition, a chemical dependency, or from mixed-race parents it is entirely the fault of the mother and she must account for the poor choices she made.”
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A large number of doctors, addiction experts, and reproductive health groups had urged Gov. Haslam to veto the bill, but their recommendations were ignored, as were the recommendations of almost every major medical association and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. A major concern of these groups is that the law will result in a disproportionate targeting and jailing of poor mothers and mothers of color. They also claim the law is inherently racist.
“Why the bill went out of its way to target inter-racial couples is beyond me. There are plenty of areas of Tennessee where a mixed-race couple’s no big deal. At least it didn’t used to be,” said Republican state Senator Mike Bell, who voted against the measure. “Looking at the map of the state, there are several areas where this is going to be a problem.”
Another concern some have with the bill is the fact that while criminalizing drug use during pregnancy, it does nothing to help those with drug problems who may not be able to pay for treatment. “I don’t know what to say about [how] some [women] have insurance and some do not,” said Republican state Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, who sponsored the House version of the bill and who is a staunch supporter of Governor Haslam’s refusal to accept the Medicaid expansion that is offered states through the Affordable Care Act. “It’s a terrible thing, but I don’t want to get into that because that’s another subject.”
we are all mixed races if you look back enough, this is crazy, and if a woman chooses to have a baby that might be less than perfect she is a human just as the baby is and they have rights to LIVE
Please click the “show facts” button under the article’s picture. It highlights the facts of the law and article and leaves the satire unhighlighted.
This is a joke. BUt, let us not forget, there are states that have passed laws mandating jailtime for mothers if their children are born addicted. AND lets’ not forget that there have been JOPs that have refused to marry couples based on their racial differences in this decade and it isn’t just in the south. Could something like this happen? YES. Most people don’t keep up and never find out about a law until it has been signed sealed and delivered. THe moral of this story, your votes count and you must remain diligent and steadfast in ensuring this great nation doesn’t regress any further than it already has.
The latest favorite trick of the left: if the facts don’t serve their purpose create a lie- if challenged call it ‘satire’ and say “it COULD be true” -then all the rabid left wing ‘ haters’ (who seem to have trouble with the whole fantasy/reality thing) can jump on and feel justified
This is a total DAMN lie ! And as soon as I find a way to delete this bullshit from my page it’s gone.
JUST A PISS POOR WAY OF MAKING A LITTLE PETTY MONEY FOR THIR POCKETS !!!
Well we wouldn’t want any more Halle Berrys or Derek Jeters running around. This is so stupid , this guy is proposing this because of our Prez who is from a mixed race, I can read between the lines. Fucking racists Republicans ! SMH
This is stupid fake or not!! A child is a Gift from God!!! God doesn’t care about the color of a child. Every child conceived is Meant to be here because God has a Plan and Place for All of us!!! It’s not up to the government to tell people what color their children can be or the color of the person they can be with. We are Not to Judge that Is for the Lord to Do!!!
He is a fuckin racist!!@
This is satire. But crazy enough to think it’s true. The baggers are so goofy that this kind of story seems actually plausible.
The sad part is that the GOP is so far gone, that something like this is completely believeable.
has the Republicans gone completely MAD ?????? The same idiots who say that government is too big and should stay out of our personal lives has once again passed a law that violates human rights to the ultimate high in so many ways . WAKE UP AMERICA !!!!!!! The Republicans and the right wing in general are the clones of old Nazi Germany !!
For all these people thinking either of these is good– do not forget that these women are now facing the option of avoiding doctors altogether for fear of going to jail, and could harm their child even more by putting their addict children in dumpsters instead of seeking the medical attention they need. Please consider all options before trying to control people. There’s always a way around it.
True or not if this was to very happen it would b a war n the state of tn….this state would eventually disappear from the map…cause it would b bad if it ever was true cause I have 3 mixed kids and ain’t nobody gonna tell me I can have them….crazy
I wish I had read the comments first to find out it was satire, but I was so amazed and pissed I immediately emailed it to my black girlfriend, but since these evil Republicans are doing crazy stuff all the time, I didn’t even question its legitimacy. That’s saying something.
Great Idea ! Make it real.
Entertaining to read how gullible liberals believe this nonsense. Many still believe Sarah Palin claimed to see Russia from her house. Love how conservatives are stupid and liberals are educated.
Well yes, this is a joke.
Y should it matter if there is a interracial couple have kids the BIBLE never said anything about COLOR so what gives them the right to tell a mother what race she can have her kids with. Racist and very ignorant
Rusty Rice…Please re-read what you just wrote. You sound downright ignorant. Not sure if you realized…
It is inherently racist and will be struck down. As for the woman being resposible for all the issues mentioned, why can’t she choose an abortion or contraception? IF she is responsible why are so many trying to remove her choices in related matters(abortion and contraception)? And why aren’t men being taught SELF-CONTROL? It takes two to tango.
Not only is this satire, it’s bad, damaging satire that isn’t clearly satire and spreads falsities through its own masquerade as truth. Fuck your “Show Facts” button; not one letter of the headline is true, and that’s the only part that matters (at least where clicks are concerned). The only things people are getting mad about are the false things, and you know it. You’re propagating an even worse form of clickbait than Upworthy is. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.
Also, you couldn’t find a way to make the “Show Facts” button turn into the “Hide Facts” button when you click it, so you just made it two buttons? This website is garbage.
They say it’s not true then they shouldn’t put stuff like this on the page. Just saying
Yall are stupid if you believe the mixed race part! I live here. Its not true.
Some one made the comment evil Republicans. Here’s a history lesson. Lincoln was a Republican. Grant was a Republican. The atrocities committed in the South by the law enforcement and public officials? Well they were all Democrats. Before you make statements get EDUCATED then you can voice your opinion. Taking what the media sells you and rehashing it with your own words does not deserve a response ( even though you just got one) and LBJ was supposedly quoted as saying I’ll have those N@@@@@ voting Democratic for the next 200 years. There is your party. I hope you are proud of it.
Well I for one think to eatch there own I guess but I do think its wrong what happen to people being prode of ther own race im not say that anyone thats not the same color as me is bad or something. As im sure someone will get my words twisted but I think ots about time someone did something. I thing god made us how we are for a reason if he wanted us to be mixed he would of made us that way so idk am I racist for thinking we should breed with are own color i don’t think so really if you dont like what I think is right I dont care
Screw Tennessee and their raciest views. I can understand prosecuting people for using drugs while pregnant. The part where they want to ban mixed race babies. Thats a big fuck you, and thats coming from a mother with mixed children.
I have a mixed son. His father is black he takes good care of us. There is absolutely no reason a racist sorry ass mother effer is in charge of our community. The people have ban together to fix this. He should be taking out of office immediatly.
If this were true then no one could have any children. Everyone is mixed. No one is 100% one ethnicity.
This is just so wrong on so many levels! A Christian nation? Unbelievable…so out there almost feels like it’s a joke!
But but but, it’s on the internet. It has to be true.
This is Lies! You should be slapped!
Its not true, only a brainwashed complete idiot would think this is a true story.
I don’t even know how to respond to this idiocy. I just don’t.
Stupidity at its best! Jailed because you had a baby with someone from another race? Smh.. Also this will hurt more than it helps because if I have a chemical dependency and I know I will be jailed for it, I might opt to skip out on prenatal care to avoid prosecution.. Then who is that helping? Smh
Seriously I was about to be seriously pissed off. I am in a inter-racial relationship, and no government will tell me that we cannot have kids one day.
*cough* You guys should click the “show facts” button lol It’s crazy how a real news article with added words on the internet can cause someone to not fully think before becoming offended by something so obviously fake.
Progressives can’t tell fact from fiction, they’ll believe anything that claims to be news.
Okay I agree about the drugs but the mixed race!! wow!!!!! thats bull shit!!
Bill Haslam can kiss my a_ _ !!!!!!!!! About the mixed- raced babies.
It is only partially satire. The part about criminalizing women based on pregnancy outcome with regard to drug use while pregnant is legit.
Lol wow….. people still believe everything they see on the internet.
I’m jealous… Obama can still go to the other 56 states. Haha
This better be a joke…..cuz I can make my way to Nashville and fuck some shit up lol
Please like that would stand.
If Abraham Lincoln had actually visited the south, would he still have insisted on fighting to keep it in the union?
Obviously this is fake.
Um what did I just read…
can not be true must be a joke.
This is not real…
It amazes me how low the intelligence level of the country has become. You more than likely aren’t very bright if you thought this was real or even a possibility. its not just the gop thats to blame its both sides…the american government as a whole is to blame
Having lived in Knoxville, it would not surprise me that Haslam feels this way. I know that he passed a law that allowed people to carry guns in bars…Our state is now the most dangerous state in America and our public education has sunk further into the abyss of stupidity…Haslam is a very wicked man who cares nothing about the residents of his state…
This better be a joke. If this senator is really pushing for this then we all might as well be in hell
This is all lies. There is not one resident of Tennessee who is not mixed race. But……the other part sounds good about drugs. That is completely on track.
One place says Arkansas and another says Tennessee. Garbage.
Haslam, you make a statement like you made on mix-raced babies, that’s a bunch of crap because your talking about my family and my friends. Hell this is 2014, you’d better get over this problem with racial relations before it sends you to hell. I’ve got a problem with billionaire republicans.
While I don’t agree with the criminalization of mixed children I think prosecuting women who use drugs during pregnancy is a wonderful idea. I also don’t understand y taxpayers have to foot the bill for drug treatment I didn’t make them do drugs let them die of an overdose
Sites like this should be shut down, not funded. Obviously this article is designed to incite hatred and dissension. Go Go super social media manipulation… Go Go
I wish my girl would go to jail over some bullshit like this seriously
that’s some bullshit and very rascist shit I thought this was a free country jus cause a black and white person make a child doesn’t mean something is wrong with that child God don’t like ugly I be glad when the world comes to a end so God can punish all u cruel people jus cause u feel that way doesn’t mean we all do I hope u hateful and cruel people burn in he’ll God’s coming and u are going th pay
I actually just clicked on show the facts, just to see. I cannot believe that the entire last paragraph is true! How can these people actually be this freaking dumb?
Keeping in mind the mixed race thing is satire, the rest of it is not. That being said here is the deal, and my own opinion on the subject. They want women to have no choices at all, we already know this. But, if you really want less crack babies, then why are they making abortion damn near impossible for women to get? I actually think a woman should be prosecuted for giving birth to an addicted baby. It is not fair to the child, and most of them live a terrible life (some very short) due to the addiction. These women know they are addicted and upon becoming pregnant, if they are not willing to make the changes to ensure the life of the child and the health of the child is as normal as possible then she should abort the child. But that being said, in a state like Tennessee, (and I know because I live there) Abortion services are difficult to obtain. So with that in mind, it is not exactly right to charge these women for having an addicted baby, when the service that could have prevented the entire situation is not readily available. there is no way to win with these guys.
This is satire, for the most part.
The thing about mixed race babies is not true. I’ve seen other reports and reviews of this bill. It only covers situations where the newborn has been HARMED. Nothing at all about race. There are far, far too many interracial couples in TN for this to ever fly.
That’s why I love Tennessee.
This is only half true. People need to verify before jumping on the republican bashing wagon. The bill does not mention anywhere in it the mixed races issue! Spun into the story to get people to vote for the democratic party next round.
I think that bill halsam is a racist sob and its very offensive that he would criminalize anyone due to their skin… bet he’s not even of one color.. he needs to read the bible and pray that God forgives him For his harsh judgement of others… its none of his concern who I sleep with!!!
The sad part about this is there is a huge population of people who don’t know this is a joke and half the other things are jokes and this is what they are basing their knowledge on and then go vote the opposite way because they don’t read. They only listen to what their circle tells them. its a sad state of affairs when this is the world we live in. We give people to much credit to think they can think on their own.
How dumb how wrong it’s suppose to be a free country and make our choices that’s sad choices talk should be punished for judging god does jot judge and guess who you have to go in front of when you pass our man god and he has to choose weather to let you in or not and seeing that you are judging on others and there colors and choices is sad i think y’all need to rethink yalls decisions how selfish wow
Try clicking on the button that that says “Show Facts.” ALL of the parts about the race are not highlighted. This is a false article. Maybe you should blame the writer of the article and not Republicans. Please look at credible sources when you see articles like this. The laws of TN can be found on the state’s website. HOUSE BILL 1295/Amends TCA Title 39
THIS IS A SATIRE SITE CLICK THE RED SHOW FACTS BUTTON the part about using drugs and being arrested is true. the rest of the article is complete fiction.
What is a mixed race baby…bout of my great grand dad’s was white ..I’m black …no child support …no Reconnection on the white side …just raised by my proud black loving side…and I love my blackness…
If it’s just the drugs with no medical reasons for doing them I’m all for the drug testing, as for the other part, just put strict limits on assistance for having kids just to get assistance & make them want to get jobs
It’s not even a profiled start of MIXED RACE babies. It starts out as Drug dependent. What if I date a filipino girl, break up & she discovers she’s knocked. White and Asian are mixed race.
What a stupid remark!
It would be nice if things like this listed the name of the bill so people could read it for themselves. This is leaving out some key info for people to get all the facts.
Lordy Lord….2 steps forward and 1million back…Something is seriously wrong with these people.
this is BULL! It’s against drug addicts giving birth if they get off drugs while pregnant, they will be fine. Nothing against race!!!!
Bye GOP you officially loss your minds!
can I get a racist gov. this is bull shit
Oh I didn’t notice the source … That’s pretty funny
Ain’t no way this is true!!!
Seems like joke to me. Do the research.
This is pure crazy and not right
this is a joke? right?
That’s CRAZY!: Do you know HOW MANY MIXED BABIES ARE THERE IN TN ALONE!!!. TN suppose to be SO CALL RACISTS STATE??? MY grandkids are mixed.
It is half true… The birth defects from substance use part is true.
If you believe this then you are a tard and shouldn’t be allowed to vote.
This is not true … please read http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/04/30/tennessee-gov-bill-haslam-signs-bill-to-punish-pregnant-drug-abusers
It’s fake people. There is the article that is the exact same… someone just added in the mixed race stuff to get people riled up
I agree if a baby comes out addict to drugs there should be charges but I does not pertain to only mixed babies I as a grandmother of two beautiful mixed grandson I’m very proud if my babies and my sonnlaw neither one if my babies were addicted to anything this law need to be Redone cause is nothing but pure racist there are white babies and all race that come out addicted ITIS Not just mixed babies that’s what’s wrong with this country today people like this
The mixed baby part is false. Sites like this should be shut down for fraud!
This information is not correct. Criminalizing Women for using drugs during pregnancy is a great thing in my opinion. Thats what this bill is about. Criminalizing women for mixed race births is absurd, and will not happen….
I can see with the drugs and stuff but mix race!!! U fucking kidding me I know a bunch of mixed race couples a that have beautiful healthy kids ….
Where do people come up with this Shit. No where in this law Does this law say anything about Mixed Race Baby’s.
This is not real…. http://www.memphisrap.com/2014/05/05/tennessee-did-not-outlaw-birth-of-mixed-race-babies-its-fake-but-this-law-is-real/ The law in itself is controversial enough, http://www.Newslo.com you should be ashamed. Your a perfect example of why the internet inevitably does more harm than good. Ignorant people over exaggerate important news, creating ciaos, misinformation, and complete distrust for news found online. I can understand the desire for views on your page, the want for your webpage to be a constantly trending site with an abundance of traffic… but you do realize your not only hurting your business in the long run, your helping deteriorate the progression of an intellectual society. I dont understand how its legal for you to even post such lies. SO FOR ALL YOU READERS>>>>>>PLEASE DONT BELIEVE THE HYPE!
For those of us who do not follow Newslo and therefore did not realize this piece of crap article was satire, I about blew a fuse. I have two of the most beautiful, wonderful and intelligent bi-racial grandchildren I could ever imagine and this article made me furious. Any “news organization” that writes this trash should be required to post, in big, huge red letters, at the top of every story, that the information contained there-in is nothing but horse-hockey and serious news searchers need not waste their time . Just to make sure I never read anything else written by Newslo I am officially blocking them from my news-feed.
This is stupid people should be able to still choose who they have kids with… Be they white, black, Asian, or any other race. The government should not be able to tell a mother she can’t have a mixed race kid.
I believe in pure bred. You can be friends with everyone, but have children only with your own kind and that has nothing to do with racism. A woman is also responsible for the future of her new born and should refrain from alcohol, cigarettes and any drugs that are not necessary for their well being.
Just click the SHOW FACTS button on every article and you will see what parts are true and what is satirical.
Any educated person will know that this garbage is just that “GARBAGE”. Fact check everything that you see on facebook. Don’t blindly believe everything you read. Freedom of speach gives these people the right to trash perfectly good people without any consequence. So please get into the facts of things . learn for yourself and then form an opinion.
This trash is horrible.
I would like to see the actual bill http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=HB1340
Newslo,it looks like you’ve caught more than your limit of suckers today with this one.I share your stuff along with the onion all the time.Its hilarious to see these people blow a fuse over satire.Of course right wing teabaggers don’t have any sense of humor and cannot grasp what is real and what is not.That’s what happens when you spend your day watching and listening to Fox News.That and the fact that they live with a stick wedged up their ass all the time.LMAO
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