Blaming Mothers: American Law and the Risks to Children’s by Linda C. Fentiman

By Linda C. Fentiman

A gripping clarification of the biases that result in the blaming of pregnant ladies and mothers.
 
Are moms actually a hazard to their children’s well-being? In 2004, a mentally disabled younger lady in Utah used to be charged via prosecutors with homicide after she declined to have a Caesarian part and therefore brought a stillborn baby.  In 2010, a pregnant girl who tried suicide whilst the baby’s father deserted her used to be charged with homicide and tried feticide after the daughter she introduced in advance died. those are only of the various instances that painting moms because the significant resource of overall healthiness hazard for his or her little ones. the yank felony process is deeply formed by means of subconscious danger conception that distorts center criminal ideas to punish moms who “fail to guard” their teenagers.  
 
In Blaming Mothers, Professor Fentiman explores how moms turned criminal goals. She explains the mental procedures we use to confront tragic occasions and the subconscious race, type, and gender biases that impact our perceptions and impression the choices of prosecutors, judges, and jurors. Fentiman examines criminal activities taken opposed to pregnant girls within the identify of “fetal safety” together with court docket ordered C-sections and protecting brain-dead pregnant ladies on existence help to gestate a fetus, in addition to fees introduced opposed to moms who fail to guard their teenagers from an abusive male associate. She considers the claims of physicians and policymakers that refusing to breastfeed is dicy to children’s future health. and she or he explores the criminal therapy of lead-poisoned young children, within which landlords and lead paint brands aren't held liable for exposing young ones to excessive degrees of lead, whereas moms are blamed for his or her children’s injuries. 
 
Blaming Mothers is a robust name to reexamine who - and what - we contemplate dicy to children’s wellbeing and fitness. Fentiman bargains a major framework for comparing early life chance that, instead of scapegoating moms, offers concrete suggestions that advertise the wellbeing and fitness of all of America’s children. 

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