1990 February 5

“Fetal Harm” Issue in the Courts


On this day, a Michigan woman was ordered to stand trial on charges of delivering cocaine to a minor. The minor in question, however, was her newborn infant. The woman was charged with taking the drug in the minute or two before the umbilical cord was cut. The case had important implications for reproductive rights and whether a fetus is considered a person under the law.

Learn more about “fetal harm”: http://www.scu.edu/ethics/publications/iie/v1n2/pregnant.html

Learn more at a guide to state “fetal harm” laws: http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/fetal-homicide-state-laws.aspx

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