Arguing that the state must meet strict conditions to justify
interfering in at-risk pregnancies, Deborah Mathieu examines the
legal and ethical concerns that arise when governments mandate the
behavior of pregnant women. She explores both the pregnant woman's
right to decide what happens to her body and the future child's
right to be protected from avoidable damage. Mathieu addresses such
topics as reproductive hazards in the workplace, mandated fetal
therapy, forced lifestyle changes for pregnant women, and the
future child's right to sue for lack of prenatal care. The
controversy raises key issues of rights, duties, and the scope of
legitimate state action, thus posing fundamental challenges to the
fields of medicine, biomedical ethics, law, and public policy.
This edition has been completely updated and expanded. Mathieu
presents new arguments for acceptable types of state intervention
and provides specific examples. This edition also incorporates
recent court decisions, especially cases involving substance abuse.
The book includes both an updated bibliography and an updated
reference list of relevant court cases.