US State Regulation of Decisions for Pregnant Women Without Decisional Capacity

US State Regulation of Decisions for Pregnant Women Without Decisional Capacity
Research Letter
Erin S. DeMartino, Beau P. Sperry, Cavan K. Doyle, Julie Chor, Daniel B. Kramer, David M. Dudzinski, Paul S. Mueller
JAMA, 23 April 2019; 321(16) pp. 1629-1631
All US states have laws addressing decision making for individuals who cannot make their own medical decisions, including provisions for advance directives and processes authorizing relatives or interested persons to direct care as surrogate decision makers,1 although variation among state laws is increasingly recognized.2,3 However, the prevalence and content of state statutes and official advance directive documents addressing “treatment decisions for divisionally incapacitated pregnant women” is unknown.

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