personhood of the foetus

Legal Regulation of Pregnancy and Childbirth

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Via the ever marvellous Feminist Law Professors. As personhood of the foetus is foisted on Australian women via the backdoor of homebirth legislation, we should be paying attention to this.
Legal Regulation of Pregnancy and Childbirth

Courtney G. Joslin
University of California, Davis – School of Law

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.

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