Substance abuse by pregnant women: legal and ethical concerns
Tillett J, Osborne K. Substance abuse by pregnant women: legal and ethical concerns. J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2001 Mar;14(4):1-11.
Court-ordered detention and prosecution of a pregnant woman for substance abuse is an unusual but increasing occurrence in the United States. At least 24 states have attempted to prosecute a pregnant woman on a variety of charges for suspected harm to the fetus. This article reviews the issues involved including personal autonomy duty of caregivers to women and fetuses, and ethical frameworks for discussion.