Pregnant Chemically Dependent Women: The New Criminals

Nora S. Gustavsson

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The latest casualties in the war on drugs are pregnant, chemically dependent women, who are viewed as the perpetrators of fetal abuse. Recent litigation has elevated the rights of the fetus over the rights of the mother. This article examines the medical and legal basis for the punitive policies directed at pregnant, chemically dependent women and suggests an alternative policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-73
Number of pages13
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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