APLPETON, WI (WTAQ) - A pregnant woman is challenging Wisconsin's 15-year-old fetal protection law, which allows severe drug users to be detained to protect their unborn babies.
The New York Times first reported on the case of Alicia Beltran of Jackson, after a pregnant women's advocacy group from the Big Apple filed suit on her behalf.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in late September, claiming that the 28-year-old Beltran had her civil rights violated -- and that the fetal protection law is unconstitutional.
The lawsuit said Beltran was arrested and sent to an Appleton treatment facility, after she told medical personnel that she overcame an addiction to painkillers.
She insisted she was no longer on drugs -- and she claimed that the center confined her for over two months, despite passing a drug test.
The Times said Beltran was released from the treatment center this month, after the lawsuit was filed.
Lynn Paltrow of the National Advocates for Pregnant Women said it's the first civil rights challenge to a law that quote, "explicitly says the state can control adult women because they're pregnant."
Susan Armacost of Wisconsin Right-to-Life says her group agrees that the fetal protection law is good, even though she could not speak to Beltran's case.