USA: FAMILY LAW
Mary M. BECK, “Prenatal abandonment: ‘Horton Hatches the Egg’ In the Supreme Court and Thirty-Four States”, Michigan Journal of Gender and Law, 2017, vol.24:1, p.53.
The author of this article explains that under the jurisprudence of the Supreme Court of the United States, since the case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, 133 S. Ct. 2552 (2013), an unwed father can not only lose his parental rights if he has failed to assume custody of the child after birth; he can also lose these rights if he has failed to support his child and the mother during the pregnancy, i.e. if he has committed a prenatal abandonment (pp.55-56; 79-80). The justification for prenatal abandonment theory is first examined in the article (I). Then, a review of the case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (II) and an account of existing federal and state law related to prenatal abandonment is made (III). Finally, some characteristics which prenatal abandonment laws should have are identified (IV).
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