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Will this policy achieve the goal of deterring young women from abusing drugs while they are pregnant? Probably not. Be here are a few items that will result from this flawed policy:
- More women may fail to seek out prenatal care. If doctors are reporting drug abuse to authorities, fewer women will seek prenatal care. Who will suffer if this problem occurs?
- Is there a class bias in the prosecutor's actions? It is difficult to tell from the story, but it seems that he may be singling out poor women for prosecution.
- Are there alternatives to using the legal system as a hammer in these cases? Would treatment not be preferable to prosecution?
- What type of behavior will be the next target? Women who smoke or consume alcohol while they are pregnant?