To the editor:
The New Jersey Supreme Court recently exonerated a Cape May County woman of child abuse charges, reversing a lower court finding of guilty when her newborn tested positive for cocaine. The Supreme Court came to this conclusion since state child abuse laws do not cover a fetus, and the child did not exhibit any obvious complications at birth.
I find it interesting that this woman does not face any punishment for her irresponsible behavior. Studies have shown that children who have been exposed to cocaine before birth will likely perform lower on IQ tests, lag behind in motor skills, and are more likely to exhibit behavioral issues, ultimately resulting in the need for taxpayer-funded special education programs.
We don’t need another worthless multimillion dollar government study to tell us that the majority of drug addicted mothers already can’t financially support themselves or their children. Although these women will always find the means to supply themselves with illegal drugs and keep having babies, it is the hardworking taxpayers who will be forced to support them and their children through free medical care and various welfare programs. The taxpayers were already nice enough to provide a public defender to get this mother of the year off the hook even as their own take-home pay continues to decline.
Since the Supreme Court doesn’t seem to care about these vulnerable children, I am quite sure that they do not care about those of us who will have to foot the bill for their special needs. And to even suggest that these degenerate moms be forced to choose between sterilization and “Obama money” would certainly be met with the ACLU and other liberal groups crying foul over reproductive rights.
As the moral fabric of our society continues to erode under an out-of-control government that can’t even protect innocent children, you have to wonder how much lower this nation can sink.
Joseph J. Picardi
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