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Pregnant women cannot be tested for drugs without consent

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7289.753/a (Published 31 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:753
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    The United States Supreme Court has ruled that hospital workers cannot test pregnant women for use of illegal drugs without their informed consent or a valid warrant if the purpose is to alert the police to a potential crime.

    The court's 6 to 3 decision stemmed from a 10 year old lawsuit brought against the city of Charleston, South Carolina, by women who were arrested, under a cooperative programme between a public …

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