Just referring back to the case:
I don't think the appeal should succeed - it would set a dangerous precedent, particularly due to the wording of the current case ie. that pregnant women are potentially committing 'criminal violence' by ingesting 'noxious substances'.
Does 'noxious substances' include soft cheeses? Tobacco? Antidepressant medication? Medication for a medical abortion such as RU486?
But I also believe the girl in the case should get compensation. I don't think she will but I'm wondering if she has any other avenues to obtain compensation?
If there were two babies and both end up with lifelong health issues due to their mother taking a 'noxious substance', the only difference being one was affected in utero and the other after their birth through breastfeeding (similar to this case *trigger*). Under current law only one is classified as being the victim of a crime committed against them and is entitled to receive compensation.
I just feel like there should be a way for children affected to receive support and compensation to help with their life-long medical care (and I'm thinking more so in countries without universal health care such as the USA) without imposing a law such as this on pregnant women.