Title

Substance abuse by pregnant women: legal and ethical concerns

Aurora Affiliations

Nurse-Midwifery Center, Sinai Samaritan Medical Center

Abstract

Court-ordered detention and prosecution of a pregnant woman for substance abuse is an unusual but increasing occurrence in the United States. At least 24 states have attempted to prosecute a pregnant woman on a variety of charges for suspected harm to the fetus. This article reviews the issues involved including personal autonomy duty of caregivers to women and fetuses, and ethical frameworks for discussion.

Document Type

Article

PubMed ID

11930519