Case Study : Maternal And Fetal Rights

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Carder Case - Maternal and Fetal Rights Angela Carder was diagnosed with a terminal lung tumor when she was 25 weeks pregnant. She was admitted to the hospital where she decided against a caesarean section but for comfort medications and hospice for herself. This case shows how Carder’s own rights were ignored while the physicians, hospital administration, and the courts fought over the conflict between maternal and fetal rights. The result was an important step in the legal process that not only secured, but also clarified, the rights of pregnant women (Murphy, n.d., p. 49-52). Carder began fighting cancer at the age of 13 and ultimately lost her left leg and hip. In 1986, while in remission, she married and became pregnant. “According to her clinic obstetrician, Angela emphasized two points about her healthcare: she wanted to be watched closely for signs of recurrence of cancer and, having struggled so long to survive, she wanted to be sure her own health was not compromised” (Thornton & Paltrow, 1991, p. 1). This statement was key as to the outcome of this case. When Carder was 25 weeks pregnant, she was diagnosed with a lung tumor. She was admitted to George Washington University Medical Center (“GWUMC”) for treatment. Her doctors told her the baby did not have much chance to survive until it reached 28 weeks. Angela opted for chemotherapy and radiation in hopes to reach the 28 weeks mark. Her doctor’s agreed with her decision. Unfortunately before the
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