ACOG discourages physicians “in the strongest possible terms” from the use of coercion and court-ordered threats or interventions against pregnant women.
For pregnant people and those who work with them, these ethical concepts around their care are critical.
“As if birthing a baby isn’t hard enough, I gave birth while engaged in a physical struggle against the people I trusted to care for us.”
The legal authority in childbirth lies with the woman giving birth, not the providers of care. Our words should reflect that.