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Court-ordered caesareans.

Authors
  • Prochaska, Elizabeth
  • Lomri, Sara
Type
Published Article
Journal
The practising midwife
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2014
Volume
17
Issue
10
Pages
12–14
Identifiers
PMID: 25582002
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Court-ordered caesarean sections are in the news after a number of recent legal decisions authorising surgery for women who lack mental capacity to consent. The decisions have not always been based on good evidence and they raise serious concerns about the protection of the rights of mentally ill women. The authors explain the legal process and question the wisdom of recent judgements.

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