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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Joslin: "Legal Regulation of Pregnancy and Childbirth"

Courtney Joslin (UC Davis School of Law) has posted "Legal Regulation of Pregnancy and Childbirth" (forthcoming "The Child:  An Encyclopedic Companion") on SSRN.  Here is the 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.


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I really and truly feel that it's the womans body.. However just because it's her body and their is another human living inside her body it doesn't give her the legal right to just do as she pleases, consume what she wants, or induce whatever type of drug that she feels like taking that day! Women take care of your bodies during pregnancy for heavens sake!

Posted by: Becca Johnson | Mar 21, 2010 1:54:56 PM

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