Mothers and Their Unborn Children Battling Addiction Still Protected Under WI Law

Yesterday, the challenge to 1997 Wisconsin Act 292, also known as the Unborn Child Protection Act or the “Cocaine Mom” law, has been ruled moot by the Seventh Circuit Court due to the plaintiff moving out of state. The Unborn Child Protection Act provides protection to unborn children while giving their mothers who are battling addiction the opportunity to seek treatment.

“We are grateful that this lifesaving law remains in effect, and thank Attorney General Brad Schimel for vigorously defending this law,” stated Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life. “The Unborn Child Protection Act gives both mother and child a chance at life, and is an important tool for law enforcement to help ensure that both mother and child get the resources and treatment that they need when facing the challenges of addiction.”

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