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ALC-004: Mandatory Reporting of Unborn Child Abuse

 
Mandatory Reporting of Unborn Child Abuse: The Wisconsin Medical Society does not support extending the jurisdiction of the juvenile court to unborn fetuses and their expectant mothers, when substance abuse is suspected to such a severe degree that abuse poses a substantial current health risk to the fetus, because it would interfere with the physician-patient relationship and erect a barrier that would keep pregnant women from seeking prenatal care.

The Society supports giving pregnant women with addictive disorders (alcohol, nicotine and other drug abuse) first priority for appropriate access to treatment, including admission to AODA inpatient and outpatient treatment programs, and parity of insurance benefits for alcohol and other drug abuse treatment. (HOD, 0411)*

*Currently under five-year policy review.