Blaming Mothers: American Law and the Risks to Children’s Health

We are quick to point the finger at mom whenever anything goes wrong
with a child and being branded a “bad mother” is one of the harshest
judgements a woman can face. What few know is how deeply mother
blaming pervades our legal system and the dire consequences it has for
many women and their children. In her new book, BLAMING MOTHERS:
AMERICAN LAW AND THE RISKS TO CHILDREN’S HEALTH (NYU Press, March
2017, hardcover), Linda C. Fentiman, a noted legal scholar, reveals
how guilt is disproportionately assigned to pregnant women and mothers
and the devastating effect it has on children.