Do The Unborn Have Rights?

The law is looking into the womb. And expectant mothers who drink or use drugs may be held liable for damage to their fetuses

That Lynn Bremer is an attorney with a good job was not enough to keep her from developing a cocaine habit. The fact that she was pregnant was not enough to make her drop it. So when her daughter tested positive at birth for the presence of drugs in her urine, health officials in Muskegon County, Mich., took the child into temporary custody. But, to Bremer's astonishment, there was more. The county prosecutor stepped in to charge her with a felony: delivery of drugs to her newborn child. The means of delivery? Her umbilical cord.

After Bremer completed a drug treatment...

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