COLUMBUS: The Ohio House has passed a bill requiring certain health care workers to encourage drug-addicted expectant mothers to go into treatment.

The bill approved Tuesday in Columbus also keeps children’s welfare workers from removing a child just because the mother used drugs while pregnant, as long as the mother completes drug treatment and gets proper prenatal care.

State Rep. Doug Green, a Mt. Orab Republican who co-sponsored the legislation, says in a statement that “Maiden’s Law” should help keep more families together and result in more expectant mothers coming forward to seek help for addiction.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.