Policing Pregnancy: The Law and Ethics of Obstetric Conflict

Policing Pregnancy: The Law and Ethics of Obstetric Conflict

by Sheena Meredith

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Are pregnant women entitled to the same rights of self-determination and bodily integrity as other adults? This is the fundamental question underlying recent high-profile legal interventions in situations when pregnant women and healthcare staff do not agree on management options or appropriate behaviour. Courts on both sides of the Atlantic have sometimes answered that they are not, and the law has at times been manipulated to enforce compliance with medical recommendations. This is the first book of its kind to offer a comprehensive assessment of healthcare law as applied to the unique situation of pregnancy. Drawing on case material from both the UK and the USA, it describes the trend towards 'policing pregnancy' and explores the emergence of the concept of 'maternal-foetal conflict' - and why, in the author's view, this would be more appropriately labelled 'obstetric conflict'. Suggestions are made for alternative approaches that better safeguard the overall well-being of pregnant women and their future children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781351910545
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/05/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Sheena Meredith has both a medical degree and a postgraduate qualification in law. She was recently awarded an M.Phil. in Law and Medical Ethics and is a Founder Fellow of the International Medical Law and Ethics Society. She has written or contributed to numerous books on health, medicine and the law for the general public, and has a longstanding interest in the treatment of pregnant women within various healthcare systems.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Pregnant women and the law; Power imbalance in Court; Is the law being used to enforce compliance with medical advice?; Undermining capacity to consent - another route to compliance; Questioning child welfare - protection or punishment?; Ongoing challenges to autonomy; Conclusions; Bibliography; Index.

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