Legal Regulation of Pregnancy and Childbirth

THE CHILD: AN ENCYCLOPEDIC COMPANION, University of Chicago Press, 2009

UC Davis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 205

8 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2010 Last revised: 24 Mar 2010

Courtney G. Joslin

University of California, Davis - School of Law

Date Written: February 24, 2010

Abstract

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.

Keywords: pregnancy, women's rights, sexuality, family, bodily integrity, procreation, abortion, sex, coercion, women, Due Process, privacy

Suggested Citation

Joslin, Courtney G., Legal Regulation of Pregnancy and Childbirth (February 24, 2010). THE CHILD: AN ENCYCLOPEDIC COMPANION, University of Chicago Press, 2009 ; UC Davis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 205. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1558517

Courtney G. Joslin (Contact Author)

University of California, Davis - School of Law ( email )

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Davis, CA CA 95616
United States
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