The first section of this Comment will analyze the case against Deborah Zimmerman and the court's reasons for refusing to dismiss the charges against her. The second section will examine current Washington law and why similar charges could not be brought in this state. The third section will look at the policy rationales for changing Washington law to allow charges to be filed against women for attempting to intentionally endanger the life of a viable fetus. This Comment argues that Washington law should be so amended in order to achieve these policy goals.
Amanda E. Vedrich, Prosecuting Pregnant Women: Should Washington Take the Next Step?, 21 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 133 (1997).