Do Pregnant Women Lose Legal Rights?


Should mothers be held criminally responsible for their “cocaine babies”? Should reluctant women be forced to undergo Caesarean sections? In short, do women who do not have abortions lose certain rights over their own bodies that they otherwise would have? If so, how much should their freedom be restricted? And when—throughout their pregnancies, or only at the end, when the fetus can survive outside the womb? The answers are not simple, the decisions have been controversial, and there are serious dangers involved for both sides in the reproductive-rights controversy.

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