courts involuntary hospitalization

Pregnant woman imprisoned because she might hurt her unborn baby

Posted January 26th, 2010 by BobRobertson
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Samantha Burton wanted to leave the hospital.
Her doctor strongly disagreed, enough to go to court to keep her
there.

She smoked cigarettes during the first six months of her pregnancy and
was admitted on a false alarm of premature labor. Her doctor argued
she was risking a miscarriage if she didn't quit smoking immediately
and stay on bed rest in the hospital, and a judge agreed.

Imprisoned because one smokes. What's next?

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