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Authors

Kevin Drendel

Document Type

Article

Media Type

Text

Abstract

This Commentary identifies prenatal drug exposure of infants as a problem with which our society must come to terms. The judicial system is capable of providing solutions, but a void of appropriate legislation hampers that ability. Among the legal vehicles available are criminal laws, child abuse and neglect laws, civil and criminal injunctions, and involuntary commitment laws. A balancing of the maternal, societal, and fetal interests involved can be accomplished on a case by case basis in the absence of enabling and guiding legislation. However, legislation in this highly sensitive area is a better way. This commentary explores the problem, the possible solution, and suggests an appropriate balancing of interests.

First Page

73

Last Page

118

Publication Date

11-1-1990

Department

College of Law

ISSN

0734-1490

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University Law Review

Included in

Law Commons

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