Pregnant Woman Confined Against Her Will

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  1. D_Rosalind Mussell

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    This makes me absolutely furious:

    Doctor Gets Court Order to Confine Pregnant Woman Against Her Will | Change.org News

    In an effort to simply get their way, they stressed this woman out and brought on what they were "trying" to prevent. The doctors and the law failed this woman on so many levels that it's insane. It doesn't matter where you stand politically...THIS is why women need to retain their reproductive rights.

    Am I the only one blown away by the complete absence of common sense and compassion???
     
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    No.

    But then we tend to mythologize doctors to god status.
     
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    Sad but true. I've been burned a few times by doctors so I hold no such belief. I have two doctors that I trust very much, but that was earned by them over time. Otherwise I have very little trust in the medical community in general.
     
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    It's scary enough to think that a doctor would WANT to do that, let alone that it was allowed.
     
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    I can't believe that they can do that!
     
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    But that requires that the patient is also mentally ill. I can't find anything that says it's legal in Australia either, except in the case of mental illness.
     
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    Who decides that you are mentally ill?

    The Doctor.

    Trust me, I'm a ............
     
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    Here (in NSW at least - different states have different laws, and I'm not sure about other states) the person has to be quite seriously ill, and a GP cannot make the decision alone. The person also has to be seen by a second medical officer, and this person must be a psychiatrist if the first wasn't. Once admitted, a person cannot be detained for more than three days without a court order.
     
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    We have similar laws here, Subgirrl. In many states a doctor has to apply for what is called civil commitment, which is then followed by a separate assessment by a designated doctor that must report their assessment on the application. Mind you, these are measures are designated for the mentally ill. It makes one wonder how the hell a lucid person such as this woman suddenly lost her rights to the system. I truly think noise has to be made about this. The women in Florida need to stand against this.
     
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    Now I'm REALLY confused as to how it happened! I thought you must have had some non-mentally ill law happening. When did needing to take care of your other children become a symptom of mental illness??? Unless there is more that they aren't telling us. Maybe she had a background of severe mental illness or something?
     
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    Sorry, I should have specified that laws generally differ state to state here. There must be some law in Florida that allowed this to happen, yet it defies logic. Confining a pregnant woman against her will is not conducive to keeping her relaxed and unstressed until the baby arrives. I doubt she had a background of mental illness but who knows what details might arise.
     
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    I can't get my head around that story. It's insane. When I was waiting for the page to load I was expecting the story to be based in the third world, not Florida!
     
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    Did they (the doctor and then the hospital staff) not have the common sense to know that the stress of the situation they were putting her in could have been involved in the miscarriage?

    If she was showing signs of it's occurrence anyway I can't say for sure that it was inevitable, but being forced to stay in a hospital compared to voluntarily staying in the comfort of your own home must have been involved.
     
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    The website says you can sign a petition. That's something, anyway.
     
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    Surely that law won't pass! That's ridiculous!
     
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    That is absolutely insane.

    Who is responsible for this? They showed the guy on video footage but didn't give a name.
     
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    1st story

    I think it's ridiculous that a court can take away someone's legal rights who is of sound mind. Obviously the extra stress the woman endured being confined to the hospital could have aided in her body aborting the baby. That physician is a loser and I hope he lost all of his patients once they heard about this.

    2nd story

    Ugh, another person who doesn't have a womb trying to Lord over women's bodies. Exactly how is someone supposed to stop their body from naturally aborting a child? Tons of women go into premature labor and even with bed rest and medication they still cannot stop it. What a crock. How does someone like that get elected into office anywhere in this country?
     
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    This is why, sometimes, the people need to be the law. That doctor doesn't deserve to exist.
     
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