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A Jurisprudential Analysis of Government Intervention and Prenatal Drug Abuse

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dc.contributor.author Fortney, Susan Saab
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-10T15:19:09Z
dc.date.available 2010-03-10T15:19:09Z
dc.date.issued 2002
dc.identifier.citation 17 J.L. & Health 11 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10601/129
dc.description.abstract This article addresses the serious public health problem of substance abuse among pregnant women. Part I of this article introduces the national problem of prenatal drug abuse. Part II discuses the appropriateness of government intervention. The article explains the medical consequences of prenatal drug abuse, and then, describes the justification of government intervention. The article details both existing criminal law and new legislation regarding prenatal drug abuse. Part III addresses constitutional concerns and the conflict between a woman’s right on the one hand and the state interest and “fetal rights” on the other. Part IV considers the moral and legal obligations and duties of pregnant women. After introducing the obligations and duties of pregnant woman, the article analyzes the issues using Hohfeld’s Correlatives. Part V evaluates the advisability of adopting criminal legislation that punishes women for not getting drug treatment. Part VI argues for legislation that treats drug addiction as a disease. The article reasons that by focusing on treatment, a win/win situation is created where the interest if the mother, the unborn child, and society are served. Part VII touts the advantages of the proposed legislation while Part VIII examines its practical effects. Part IX concludes by reasserting the seriousness of prenatal drug abuse and the benefits of legislation that would treat drug addiction as a disease. en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Law and Health
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dc.subject Prenatal drug abuse en_US
dc.subject Health law en_US
dc.title A Jurisprudential Analysis of Government Intervention and Prenatal Drug Abuse en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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