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- DescriptionTechlogy has come to dominate the modern experience of pregnancy and childbirth, but instead of empowering pregnant women, techlogy has been used to identify the foetus as a second patient characterised as a distinct entity with its own needs and interests. Often, foetal and the woman's interests will be aligned, though in legal and medical discourses the two 'patients' are frequently framed as antagonists with conflicting interests. This book focuses upon the permissibility of encroachment on the pregnant woman's automy in the interests of the foetus. Drawing on the law in England & Wales, the United States of America and Germany, Samantha Halliday focuses on the tension between a pregnant woman's automy and medical actions taken to protect the foetus, addressing circumstances in which courts have declared medical treatment lawful in the face of the pregnant woman's refusal of consent. As a work which calls into question the understanding of automy in prenatal medical care, this book will be of great use and interest to students, researchers and practitioners in medical law, comparative law, bioethics, and human rights.
- Author BiographySamantha Halliday is an Associate Professor in Law at the University of Leeds.
- Author(s)Samantha Halliday
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication20/11/2009
- SubjectMedicine: General
- Series TitleBiomedical Law & Ethics Library
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintRoutledge Cavendish
- Weight540 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Format DetailsPaper over boards
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