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ALC-004: Alcohol and Substance Abuse in Pregnancy

Alcohol and Substance Abuse in Pregnancy: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes extending the jurisdiction of the juvenile court to unborn fetuses and their expectant mothers when substance use poses a substantial current health risk to the fetus, because it would interfere with the physician-patient relationship and deter pregnant women from seeking prenatal care. The Society advocates exempting health care professionals from 1997 Wisconsin Act 292, thereby restoring the legal requirement for confidentiality between pregnant women and their health care professional, and reestablishing the right and responsibility of physicians and health care administrators to hold their staff responsible for maintaining confidentiality.

The Society supports giving pregnant women with addictive disorders (alcohol, nicotine and other substance use disorders) first priority for appropriate access to addiction treatment, including admission to inpatient, residential and outpatient treatment programs, and parity of insurance benefits for substance use disorder treatment. (HOD, 0417)