Against doctors’ recommendations, some pregnant women refuse ultrasounds

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The “Jamaica study” has garnered more attention online than 99 percent of scientific research

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Harsh measures, or even threats of them, can lead to the avoidance of prenatal care entirely

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Carleigh Krubiner, a faculty member at Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, said, “Hopefully this will set a new precedent for ongoing and future Ebola vaccination efforts, avoiding costly delays in protocol approvals while women face the very real threats of Ebola infection.”

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Julie Kim writes, “I now had two children, but was only just beginning to understand what it means to be a parent”

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There are 111,616 incarcerated women in the US, a 7-fold increase since 1980. Some of these women are pregnant, but amid reports of women giving birth in their cells or shackled to hospital beds, prison and public health officials have no hard data on how many are pregnant, or on the outcomes of those pregnancies

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Anne Drapkin Lyerly, a bioethicist and obstetrician, said that there is a deep-seated norm to leave pregnant women out of clinical trials, reinforced by policies that have classified them as “vulnerable” and institutional rules that have made it easier to avoid considering the ­potential risks and benefits altogether

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Carleigh Krubiner, faculty member at the Berman Institute, said in a statement.“The DRC’s decision to extend Ebola vaccine coverage to pregnant women is a huge step forward, not only for pregnant women in areas affected by outbreaks but for all pregnant women who may face the threat of Ebola in the future”

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