Washington Law Review


Gestational substance abuse seriously threatens fetal health. Recently, many states have prosecuted women who abuse drugs or alcohol during pregnancy. This Cornment argues that Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), should govern state intervention in cases of gestational substance abuse. Because criminal prosecution fails to prevent gestational substance abuse, a state seeking to intervene should use civil commitment as the means of intervention.

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