There's so many different ways you can look at it.
If there's a woman on meth (the most addictive drug, the most terrible drug, near impossible to get off) whilst pregnant, how do you deal with it? Do you try counselling them knowing that they are still going to get their hits? Or do you have to lock them up?
I have a close relative who has been addicted to ice for probably 10 years now and each time she does do time, I'm relieved. It's sad to say, but jail is better than a life on ice. It's just so hard to get off it...
*I just want to add that I am not trying to compare particular choices simply the right to make any choices. I support women to make ANY of these choices.
After her breakdown, she continued to suffer severe problems and was unable to care for her 2 children (one an infant). My brother was caring for her and my parents took their children and looked after them for about 8 months. Once she received proper medical attention she had the children returned (none of this was official).
While I don't agree with taking away women's rights, what happens to babies when there are no family to intervene and look after the kids? What I'd like to see is an extension of the mental health's tribunal's powers to have someone removed into care who is suffering from a mental illness when they are about to become a parent. I have lived with 2 brothers with severe alcoholism, and watched my SIL almost destroy her life through mental illness, while having babies and raising children amongst the mess.
the mental health tribunal is the right place for these decisions to be made - they currently have so little powers though the whole process is a waste of time.
My SIL missed the whole first year of her son's life because of her problems. I can't help wondering if she'd had access to treatment while pregnant some of this might have been avoided.
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