A new law that looks to penalize moms who use drugs while being pregnant is stirring up controversy.
Governor Bill Haslam signed that bill into law Tuesday.
The law has many opponents including Rebekah Fetzer, who works as the executive director of Susannah's House.
The house, which is located off Dameron Avenue in northwest Knoxville, will open in June. The Cokesbury Church managed facility will give drug addicted women the tools they need to start the recovery process.
More information: Read the law
"Our house is going to provide twelve-step programs, individual and group counseling," Fetzer said.
She believes it's programs like hers are the best way to go when it comes to decreasing the state's number of drug dependent newborns. Fetzer said the state's new law does not properly address the addiction issue.
She also worries that there are not enough treatment facilities in the state to handle all of the drug addicted mothers who may seek them out.
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"The criminalization of women just sends the wrong message," Fetzer said.
Eighth Judicial District Attorney General Lori Phillips-Jones disagrees. She said she feels the law gives mothers an incentive to get treatment during a time where more facilities in the state are being built.
More Information: Weekly Tennessee Drug Dependent Newborn Statistics
Phillips-Jones also believes the measure will cut down on Tennessee's number of repeat offenders.
"We were seeing mothers give birth to their fifth and sixth and seventh drug exposed baby, which you know after that point, they know exactly what they're doing," she said.