Pregnant women cannot be tested for drugs without consentBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7289.753/a (Published 31 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:753
- Scott Gottlieb
- 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 …