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JFAS Int 2007;5:e1- January 23, 2007
Can A Pregnant Substance-Addicted Woman Be Forced to Stop Fetal Drug Abuse? Comparing Canadian Law and Jewish Perspective

Noah A Turk, Gideon Koren
The Motherisk Program, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada

Presently, despite a large number of drug-addicted pregnant women continuing to use drugs and, thus, endangering the fetus, the Canadian law cannot intervene. This paper contrasts the present legal status to the traditional Jewish perspectives. If one of society's prime roles is to protect the vulnerable, especially from irreversible damage, then Canadian society may wish to listen carefully to 3000 years of Jewish tradition.

Key Words: pregnancy, addiction, women, fetus, Canadian law, Jewish tradition

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