Precarious Moorings: Tying Fetal Drug Law Policy to Social Profiling
37 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2012
Date Written: July 16, 2012
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
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