Suit Tackles Rights of Fetus and Mom

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    This sounds like a nightmare. At 14 weeks pregnant, Alicia Beltran informed her doctor that she once suffered from a pill addiction. Suddenly, Beltran found her house surrounded by sheriffs, shackled in family court, and begging for a lawyer. She had refused to take an anti-addiction drug, and thus under a Wisconsin law known as the "cocaine mom" act, the doctor and a social worker accused her of endangering the child. The law allows child-welfare authorities to "forcibly confine" a pregnant woman who abuses drugs or alcohol and refuses treatment. Now, the case is the first to challenge fetal protection laws in federal court.

    Read it at The New York Times