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J Law Med Ethics. 1999 Winter;27(4):332-42, 294.

Fetal protection in Wisconsin's revised child abuse law: right goal, wrong remedy.

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Department of Medical Humanities, East Carolina University School of Medicine, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.


Authors examine Wisconsin's recent revision of its child abuse and protection laws to address substance abuse by pregnant women. The new statute enables the state to take the fetus into protective custody. Authors argue that approaching fetal protection using a child abuse model creates a series of symbolic, conceptual, and practical problems of such severity as to undermine its justifiability as a public health measure.

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