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For this discussion board, the class will debate/discuss whether women should be prosecuted for their behavior while pregnant.
1) Prior to reading the article or writing your response, I would like you to ask yourself, “Should a woman be prosecuted if during her pregnancy she engages(d) in behavior that could potentially cause harm to the fetus?”
2) After pondering this question, read pages 1- 8 of this article, “Punishing Woman for the Behavior During Pregnancy” (the last 12 pages are appendixes that include court rulings that are interesting, but not required for the post)
Your original post:
3) After reading the article, and based on what you have learned about prenatal and early childhood development (through lecture/textbook), develop your original post in which you discuss whether women should be punished for potentially creating an unhealthy prenatal environment and or development.
To earn full credit – You MUST explain your stance; do not make blanket statements such as “I think women should/should not be punished.”
Explain and support your answer using material from the article (points you agree or disagree with), and material about prenatal/infant development from the lecture to develop your argument.