32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.
It's clear in such threads that people:
Tend to judge situations without ever having experienced anything similar in their life.
Have no concept of drug addiction and how much of a challenge it is.
Have no concept of pregnancy and how much of a challenge it is.
I can go on - but you get the idea. These types of threads brings out the most basal ignorance. People just don't get the human body and human nature and how one doesn't necessarily permit you to override the other 'just cause you want to'.
I dare say: the strength of a drug addiction is far stronger than any sort of parental bond or obligation any normal person would feel.
I further dare to say: the way in which an extreme drug addict senses that bond or obligation is skewed as the body shuts off attachment and awareness of most things that would pit the individual against the substance it craves so dearly.
In essence: drugs destroy your willpower and your ability to control yourself.
I thought this was logical common sense seeing how often people murder, lie, steal, and commit heinous acts including letting their selves be physically abused at the hands of sadists JUST for their next fix.
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
Ask any beat cop or patrol officer. Go on a ride along and raid a "shooting gallery". You will eventually find some strung out POS with a bun in the oven and a needle in her arm. Many times with other kids with them.
Then come back and tell me how she really is a good person that just made a few mistakes and not to judge.
The question is what to do about that woman. We arrest drug users and dealers, fill up the jails, spend $25k/year housing them, and what do you see next time you go to the shooting gallery? A bunch of drug users, probably a bunch of them that have made the round trip to jail, back to the streets and back on drugs. Same with the dealers. So that approach seems to be working out great, if you've got an interest in jails and make more money when they're full, but not so great for the rest of society.
But sure, if you see a pregnant woman on drugs, run her in and keep her locked up and clean till she gives birth. No one suggests forgiving her sins and letting her continue to use while pregnant. But if you tell her, "come in and get some prenatal care, and if you have drugs in your system you'll be charged with manslaughter, your baby put in foster care or up for adoption, and you'll spend 5-10 years in jail," do you think she'll come in? Not likely.
The only thing I'd like to see is a little of that 25k/year spent housing addicts get diverted to treatment and maybe you'll get a few women cleaned up and next time they get pregnant they won't be using during it, and those with kids will be able to take care of them instead of taxpayers doing it. Or we can build some more prisons and extend our lead as NUMBER ONE!! in the world in prison population, both in nominal numbers and per capita. "Working great, especially with drugs, so why not continue it," says the for profit prison industry.
There is a reason why they call it 'addiction'.