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Precarious Moorings: Tying Fetal Drug Law Policy to Social Profiling

37 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2012  

Michele Goodwin

University of California, Irvine School of Law

Date Written: July 16, 2012

Abstract

Legislative efforts to reduce the incidence of babies born low-birth weight is tangled in race and class profiling, which detracts from an evidence-based approach to reduce fetal health harm. On inspection, prescription drug use, domestic violence, and assisted reproductive technology measure significantly in the incidence of fetal health harm and the dramatic rise in neonatology treatments and costs. Goodwin’s article provides an empirical counter narrative to the provocative legislative assumptions about fetal health harm.

Keywords: fetal health harm, crime, motherhood, abortion, pregnancy, legislation, fetus, medicine, drug policy, war on drugs, disability, addiction, race, sex, gender, assisted reproduction

JEL Classification: I10, I12, I18, I31, J7, J71, J78, K14, K32, K42

Suggested Citation

Goodwin, Michele, Precarious Moorings: Tying Fetal Drug Law Policy to Social Profiling (July 16, 2012). Rutgers Law Review, Vol. 42 (2011); Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-33. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2109515 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2109515

Michele Goodwin (Contact Author)

University of California, Irvine School of Law ( email )

401 E. Peltason Dr.
Ste. 1000
Irvine, CA 92697-1000
United States

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