Blaming Mothers: American Law and the Risks to Children’s Health
Unveiling Biases and Legal Actions Impacting Maternal Responsibility
Delve into the intricate web of biases and legal actions surrounding the perception of mothers’ impact on children’s health with the captivating book “Blaming Mothers: American Law and the Risks to Children’s Health.” Authored by Linda C. Fentiman, this thought-provoking work takes readers on a journey to understand the complexities and societal influences that shape our understanding of maternal responsibility.
In this groundbreaking exploration, Fentiman sheds light on the unconscious risk perception deeply ingrained in the American legal system. She examines how tragic events involving pregnant women and mothers have led to distorted legal principles that punish those who are perceived to have “failed to protect” their children.
Through meticulous research and analysis, Fentiman reveals the psychological processes that underpin our responses to these events, as well as the race, class, and gender biases that influence the decisions of prosecutors, judges, and jurors. By examining a range of cases, she highlights the alarming trend of mothers being singled out as the major source of health risk for their children.
Within the pages of “Blaming Mothers,” Fentiman explores various legal actions taken against pregnant women under the guise of “fetal protection.” These actions include court-ordered C-sections and the controversial practice of maintaining brain-dead pregnant women on life support to gestate a fetus. Fentiman also examines charges brought against mothers who fail to protect their children from abusive male partners, as well as the contentious claims that refusing to breastfeed poses risks to children’s health.
Furthermore, Fentiman delves into the legal treatment of lead-poisoned children, raising questions about the responsibility of landlords and lead paint manufacturers in exposing children to high levels of lead. She critically examines the disparity in accountability, where mothers are often blamed for their children’s injuries while other parties escape legal repercussions.
By challenging prevailing assumptions and biases, “Blaming Mothers” serves as a powerful call to reexamine our understanding of what and who truly poses risks to children’s health. Fentiman presents a compelling framework for evaluating childhood risk that emphasizes concrete solutions rather than scapegoating mothers. Her work provides valuable insights into the intersection of law, health, and motherhood, offering a fresh perspective that promotes the well-being of all of America’s children.
Don’t miss the opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the complex dynamics surrounding mothers’ impact on children’s health. Download the PDF version of “Blaming Mothers: American Law and the Risks to Children’s Health” today and embark on a thought-provoking journey that will challenge your perspectives and foster meaningful discussions.