Drug Abuse in Pregnancy
An argumentative essay discussing whether women who abuse drugs and alcohol should be prosecuted on behalf of their unborn children.
# 93719 | 1,033 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2007 |
Published on Mar 28, 2007 in Law (Civil) , English (Argument) , Medical and Health (Public Health Issues) , Psychology (Alcohol and Drugs)
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This paper examines various fetal rights instruments, proposed laws that are supposed to protect unborn children by criminalizing mothers who abuse alcohol and drugs. The first part looks at examples of such legislation and the arguments of the proponents. In the second part, this paper argues that while such efforts have noble intents, these fetal rights laws are misguided and counterproductive. Based on these weaknesses, this paper concludes that the state must not prosecute pregnant women who engage in substance abuse.
Sample of Sources Used:
- Daniels, Cynthia. 2000. "Doctors Should Not Police Pregnant Women's Actions." San Francisco Chronicle. November 15
- Gearan, Anne. 2003. Case cour declines to hear has abortion implications. St. Louis Post - Dispatch. October 7.
- Mehren, Elizabeth. 2000. "Court says proper health care supersedes woman's religion." Seattle Times. September 13.
- Jonsson, Patrik. 2001. "South Carolina goes after pregnant drug users." Chicago Sun - Times. July 2.
- Veer, S and L. Johnson-Arnold. 2005. "Act could target any pregnant woman." Herald. May 4.
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