If the woman was convicted of violent crimes, or if it wouldn’t otherwise make sense for the mother and child to be together, then the judge could sentence her using normal sentencing guidelines, said bill proponent Lyssa Knudsen.
"This isn't a, ‘Hey, get pregnant, get out of jail free card,’" Ivey-Soto said.
But opponents say the law could cause the amount of pregnant woman incarcerated to rise and add to a judge's workload, the news station reported.
Those who support the bill say women could get better neonatal health care outside of incarceration, and say breastfeeding would give health benefits to the child.
“Recidivism rates go down tremendously if young mothers have a bond with their child,” Ivey-Soto said.
If the bill becomes a law, it would go into effect July 1.