Criminalizing women's behavior

Nora S. Gustavsson, Ann E. MacEachron

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Legal precedent for criminalizing the behavior of pregnant women has been established in an attempt to protect the fetus. Elevating fetal rights over maternal rights is based on questionable assumptions and inconclusive medical evidence. These criminalization policies are sexist and serve to victimize poor, pregnant women. This paper examines the evidence and policies and suggests an alternative policy approach to dealing with families with parental drug use issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)673-687
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Drug Issues
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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