Prenatal Child Protection: Ethics of Pressure and Coercion in Prenatal Care for Addicted Pregnant Women (Chapter 8 in Parental Responsibility in the Context of Neuroscience and Genetics).
Dondorp, Wybo. de Wert, Guido.
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This chapter discusses the case of pregnant addicted women and the responsibilities that they may have towards their future children. It is argued that while prenatal child protection is a morally important good, it is not enough to justify pressure and coercion against pregnant women. The tension between the protection of the fetus and a woman’s right to abortion is examined in court cases in the Netherlands, and the need to focus protection measures on the future child rather than the fetus is emphasized. 25 references.
maternal behavior; prenatal drug exposure; child protection; ethics; values; substance abusing parents; prenatal care; parental role; mother child relationships; parental rights; ABORTION; PREGNANCY; NETHERLANDS; court litigation