Cherry Speaks on Maternal Orthodoxy and the Criminalization of Women’s Behaviors

Professor April Cherry spoke at C|M|LAW’s Journal of Law and Health Conference on March 7, 2014.  Her talk was entitled: “Self-Harm, Fetal-Harm and the Ideology of the Good Mother.” It explored the connection between the “compelling state interest in the fetus” rhetoric, feticide statutes, and the image of maternal orthodoxy that leads us to criminalize behavior of pregnant women that results in fetal harm, regardless of the mental illness or mental health status of the pregnant woman.
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