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American Agenda (Med./Crime: Pregnant Women and Drugs) #123040

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 12, 1989
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(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Report introduced.

(Sanford, Florida: Kathleen deLaski) Issue of criminal prosecution of mothers who pass on drug addiction to their babies featured; case of cocaine addict Jennifer Johnson cited as example [Prosecutor Jeff DEAN - says she smoked cocaine hours before birth.] [JOHNSON - says she did not deliberately hurt baby.] [DEAN - says this is child abuse.] [Montefiore Hospital Dr. Deborah CAMPBELL - describes addicted babies' symptoms.] Legal cases in Washington and Florida cited with names of defendants given. Comments from women who used drugs during pregnancy about this kind of prosecution detailed; scenes shown from Florida drug treatment program. [At TLC Drug Rehabilitation Center "KIM" - comments.] [JOHNSON - talks about lack of availability of treatment.] [ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) reproductive rights project's Lyn PALTROW - discusses legal issues with regard to fetuses.]

Sawyer, Diane;
deLaski, Kathleen

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