The short version of this story is that a woman had a stillborn baby. She admitted to using crack cocaine throughout the pregnancy. Both she and the baby tested positive for cocaine.
She was convicted under South Carolina’s homicide by child abuse law for the 1999 death. Today the US Supreme Court refused to consider the case, which in effect lets her conviction stand.
Is this a fair ruling? Will it cause “pregnant addicts not to seek prenatal care or drug treatment?”
Or did this woman knowingly cause the death of her baby through the “ingestion of crack cocaine, which she had no legally protected right to do?”