This note argues that viable fetuses should be viewed as “children” within the meaning of O.R.C. § 3113.31, therefore qualifying them for the protections afforded by civil protection orders. It focuses on the urgent need for such an interpretation based on child safety concerns arising primarily after the birth of the child, rather than those existing while the child is still in utero.
Note, Shielding Ohio's Newborns: Defending a Broad Interpretation of Child within the Meaning of O.R.C. Sec. 3113.31 , 58 Clev. St. L. Rev. 717 (2010)