Ministry of Justice in Estonia has launched a Bill providing punishment to pregnant women who deliberately harm health of their future child. It states that a pregnant woman who smokes or accept hazardous substances which could harm the fetus could be e a subject to fine of €96 to €1,600 or could be imprisoned for up to 5 years.
The Estonian Government should discuss the document.
“The current law provides punishment to those people whose acts or inactions have led to a baby’s death. The new bill aims to protect the unborn child from the actions of a mother who deliberately harm the health of its future child.’’, the Estonian Ministry of Justice explained.
The Estonian women who had smoked during their pregnancy in the last year are 8.3%, according to the Institute for Health Development.
A similar initiative was undertaken by Members of Parliament of Ukraine in the spring of last year, but it had not been put into effect so far.