Criminalization of pregnant women.doc - Running head CRIMINALIZATION 1 Criminalization of pregnant women and the illusion maternal-fetal conflict Name

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Running head: CRIMINALIZATION1Criminalization of pregnant women and the illusion maternal-fetal conflictNameInstitution
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CRIMINALIZATION2The issue of incarcerating pregnant women has brought about a controversy since some individuals support whereas some oppose. According to Kylie Alexandra, incarceration is not a solution to curb drug use and protect the fetus among the mothers who abuse drugs. Alexandra argues that drug use among expectant mothers needs a public health response as this would bringabout a long lasting solution. Various conducted in Florida indicate that the abuse of cocaine and more so by expectant mothers tend to affect the development of a fetus. Besides, abuse of cocaine may cause a small head circumference, abnormality of the urinary tract and premature birth, and this has been an issue. Infants exposed to cocaine may suffer from different types of stress, language development and shortened attention span among other conditions (Alexandra, n.d). However, a few infant health problems can be attributed to cocaine exposure. Pregnancy
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