Technology has come to dominate the modern experience of pregnancy and childbirth, but instead of empowering pregnant women, technology has been used to identify the foetus as a second patient characterised as a distinct entity with its own needs and interests. Often, foetal and the woman's interests will be aligned, though in legal and medical discourses the two 'patients' are frequently framed as antagonists with conflicting interests.
This book focuses upon the permissibility of encroachment on the pregnant woman's autonomy in the interests of the foetus. Drawing on the law in England & Wales, the United States of America and Germany, Samantha Halliday focuses on the tension between a pregnant woman's autonomy and medical actions taken to protect the foetus, addressing circumstances in which courts have declared medical treatment lawful in the face of the pregnant woman's refusal of consent.
As a work which calls into question the understanding of autonomy in prenatal medical care, this book will be of great use and interest to students, researchers and practitioners in medical law, comparative law, bioethics, and human rights.
|Introduction: reproductive ethics, the interests involved and the use of law to regulate reproduction|
|Controlling the fertility of the incompetent (considering the law in England Wales; Canada; Germany and the USA)|
|Liability for harm caused by a failed sterilisation (considering the law in England Wales; France and the Netherlands.)|
|Medically assisted reproduction (including a discussion of the law relating to saviour siblings and genetic testing, considering the law in England and Wales, Italy and Germany)|
|Embryo research (including embryonic stem cell research (considering the law in the UK; the Netherlands and Germany.)|
|Abortion (considering the law in the UK; Germany; the Republic of Ireland and the USA.)|
|Court authorised obstetric intervention: caesareans and blood transfusions. Considering the law in England and Wales and the USA.)|
|Appendices: including for example a translation of the paragraphs relating to abortion of the German Penal Code|
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Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 249
Published: 13th May 2016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 16.3 x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1