I am woman

From today's NY Times Motherlode blog: Is Refusing Bed Rest a Crime?


Burton was in her 25th week of pregnancy in March 2009 when she started showing signs of miscarrying. Her doctor advised her to go on bed rest, possibly for as long as 15 weeks, but she told him that she had two toddlers to care for and a job to keep. She planned on getting a second opinion, but the doctor alerted the state, which then asked the Circuit Court of Leon County to step in.

She was ordered to stay in bed at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and to undergo “any and all medical treatments” her doctor, acting in the interests of the fetus, decided were necessary. Burton asked to switch hospitals and the request was denied by the court, which said “such a change is not in the child’s best interest at this time.” After three days of hospitalization, she had to undergo an emergency C-section and the fetus was found dead.

I've never been pregnant and I really can't say what I'd do, personally.  But I believe in our rights to live our lives within reason.  It's not like this woman was shooting up (although she was smoking which I think is dumb but not grounds for what happened to her) or getting drunk everyday against doctor's orders.  And since when do doctor's orders = the law??

What do you think?

The rest of the article here.