Legal Regulation of Pregnancy and Childbirth
Courtney G. Joslin
University of California, Davis - School of Law
February 24, 2010
THE CHILD: AN ENCYCLOPEDIC COMPANION, University of Chicago Press, 2009
UC Davis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 205
This piece, a short entry in The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion, examines the legal regulation of pregnant women. In particular, the article discusses whether and under what circumstances the state can force pregnant women to undergo unwanted medical treatments or physically restrain or punish pregnant women for engaging in otherwise legal conduct when the state believes that these interventions are necessary to protect the fetus from potential harms.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 8
Keywords: pregnancy, women's rights, sexuality, family, bodily integrity, procreation, abortion, sex, coercion, women, Due Process, privacy
Date posted: February 26, 2010 ; Last revised: March 24, 2010
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