A state-affiliated medical school that provides treatment to almost exclusively poor populations is concerned about the number of expectant mothers who are addicted to cocaine.
A state-affiliated medical school that provides treatment to almost exclusively poor populations is concerned about the number of expectant mothers who are addicted to cocaine. The newborns suffer greatly and drain already limited state resources.
The treatment team institutesa policy of drug testing for all pregnant mothersbut tells patients that it is just “routine blood work.” Those who test positive are given the choice of entering a drug abuse program or being reported to the police, causing their arrest and going to jail.The program’s policy becomes known, and there is publicoutrage.
The treatment team defends the program by calling ita research study to determine whether mothers who are informed of their drug addiction will choose to receive treatment during their pregnancy. How do the principles of respect, beneficence, and justice apply to this situation?
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