Pregnant Women as Fetal Containers
Annas, George J.
Hastings Center Report. 1986 Dec; 16(6): 13-14.
When Mrs. Pamela Monson was charged under a California child support statute following the death of her newborn son, she became the first woman to be criminally prosecuted for acts and omissions during pregnancy. As a result of her not having followed her doctor's advice, her son was born with massive brain damage and died a few weeks later. Annas contends that the crime of "fetal neglect" has serious implications for pregnant women who may lose their rights, suffer invasion of privacy, and even be forced to submit to unwanted medical or surgical procedures. A mother's obligations to the fetus should not be construed to allow the state to regulate her lifestyle; the state should protect fetuses by improving the welfare and opportunities of pregnant women, not by oppressing them. (KIE abstract)
Abortion; Brain; Child Abuse; Crime; Criminal Law; Death; Fetal Therapy; Fetuses; Health; Health Care; Injuries; Law; Legal Aspects; Legal Liability; Legal Rights; Liability; Lifestyle; Mother Fetus Relationship; Physician Patient Relationship; Pregnant Women; Prenatal Injuries; Privacy; Pregnancy; Rights; Surgery; Treatment Refusal; Women's Rights;
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