Court-ordered obstetrical intervention and the rights of a pregnant woman

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Thampapillai, Dilan (2005) Court-ordered obstetrical intervention and the rights of a pregnant woman. Journal of Law and Medicine, 12 (4). pp. 455-461. ISSN 1320-159X


Cases of court-ordered obstetrical interventions are not common but have caused great controversy in the United States, Canada and Britain. At stake for the pregnant woman is her right to have autonomy over her body and control over the medical treatment that she receives. However, with growing medical knowledge of the fetal condition, there is a case to suggest that the fetus should have some rights in cases where the decision of the pregnant woman to refuse treatment would cause severe harm to the fetus. The article argues that though the case against intervention is extremely strong, court-ordered obstetrical interventions should still be possible in extreme cases

Item type Article
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Law
Historical > FOR Classification > 1801 Law
Historical > SEO Classification > 9404 Justice and the Law
Keywords ResPubID16034. obstetrical interventions, court-ordered obstetrical interventions, consent, law, ethics, pregnant woman, ethical obligations
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