Pregnant Women and the Medical-Legal Divide

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Ayala School of Biological Sciences
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The UCI Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences presents
The Howard A. Schneiderman Memorial Bioethics Lecture
"Pregnant Women and the Medical-Legal Divide"


Michele Bratcher Goodwin, J.D., LL.M.
Everett Fraser Chair in Law and Professor of Medicine and Public Health
University of Minnesota

Abstract: Professor Goodwin's lecture addresses the intersections of bioethics and the criminal justice system by exploring how state statutes play an increasing role in shaping pregnant women's autonomy, privacy, and liberty. Her lecture highlights how arrests, forced bed-rests, compelled cesarean operations, civil incarceration, and mandatory life-support imposed against pregnant women raise important issues for bioethics and law. Among the issues considered in the lecture are the roles of physicians; the conflicts of interest between physicians and pregnant patients; maternal-fetal conflicts; and promoting healthy pregnancies.

Reservations are required. Lecture is free and open to the public. Register online here

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