ERIC Number: EJ814709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Feb
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Midwifery on Trial: Balancing Privacy Rights and Health Concerns after "Roe v. Wade"
Lay, Mary M.
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v89 n1 p60-77 Feb 2003
Because "Roe v. Wade" left ill-defined or derivative just who could be a medical caregiver for pregnant women, courts struggled in the post-Roe medico-legal environment to decide just who could be a medical advisor in this newly recognized zone of privacy. The courts also were challenged to balance individual privacy rights, state interest in health and potential life, and medical authority when dealing with alternative caregivers. This article examines five court cases involving traditional midwives in the 1970s in California and in the 1990s in New York. The cases afford the opportunity to examine emerging legal definitions of medical caregivers and the success or failure of certain forms of resistance to these definitions. (Contains 59 notes.)
Descriptors: Pregnancy, Obstetrics, Privacy, Court Litigation, Health Personnel, Medical Services, Resistance (Psychology), Definitions
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: California; New York