South Carolina court rules fetus can be called abuse victim
July 16, 1996
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) -- The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Monday that pregnant women on drugs can be prosecuted for child abuse.
In a 3-2 decision, the court determined that previous court rulings and state law make clear that a healthy fetus is a person.
Supporters say the ruling will discourage women from using harmful drugs, while critics say it will discourage pregnant addicts from seeking help.
An appeal is planned.
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