Noncompliance during Pregnancy

Mary Briody Mahowald

in Bioethics and Women

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780195176179
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786558 | DOI:
  Noncompliance during Pregnancy

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Cases illustrating variables relevant to pregnant women’s noncompliance with medical recommendations intended to benefit the fetus or potential child are presented. These involve refusal of hospitalization, refusal to comply with dietary recommendations, and refusal of cesarean section delivery. For each topic, empirical and theoretical factors relevant to the cases are discussed from an “egalitarian perspective” that imputes privileged status to the standpoint of those who are “nondominant”. Implications of different positions about the moral status of the fetus are also considered.

Keywords: medical recommendations; noncompliance; hospitalization; cesarean section; dietary compliance; egalitarian perspective; dominant standpoint; nondominant standpoint; fetus; pregnant woman

Chapter.  6931 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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