SOUTH CAROLINA: THE POSTPARTUM PROSECUTOR

SOUTH CAROLINA IS A DANGEROUS PLACE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN WHO ABUSE DRUGS

A viable fetus," Charles Condon has repeatedly declared, "is a fellow South Carolinian." Condon, the state's attorney general, has been searching since 1989, when he was a local prosecutor in Charleston, to find support for that proposition. Now he has found three people who agree with him--and they're three who count. In October three justices of the state's supreme court--a majority--supported Condon's assertion. The court thus became the first in the U.S. to rule that a viable fetus could be considered "a person" under child-abuse laws and that a pregnant woman carrying it could be charged with doing harm, even with...

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