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Women’s Birthing Bodies and the Law

Unauthorised Intimate Examinations, Power and Vulnerability

Editor(s): Camilla Pickles, Jonathan Herring
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Published: 26-05-2022
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 216
ISBN: 9781509945535
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP: £29.99
Online price : £26.99
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About Women’s Birthing Bodies and the Law

This is the first book to unpack the legal and ethical issues surrounding unauthorised intimate examinations during labour. The book uses feminist, socio-legal and philosophical tools to explore the issues of power, vulnerability and autonomy. The collection challenges the perception that the law adequately addresses different manifestations of unauthorised medical touch through the lens of women's experiences of unauthorised vaginal examinations during labour. The book unearths several broader themes that are of huge significance to lawyers and healthcare professionals such as the legal status of women and their bodies.

The book raises questions about women's experiences during childbirth in hospital settings. It explores the status of women's bodies during labour and childbirth where too easily they become objectified, and it raises important issues around consent. The book highlights links to the law on sexual offences and women's loss of power under the medical gaze.

Women's Birthing Bodies and the Law includes contributions from leading feminist philosophers, healthcare professionals, and academics in healthcare and law, and offers pioneering analysis relevant to lawyers and healthcare professionals with an interest in medical law and ethics; feminist theory; criminal law; tort law; and human rights law.

Table Of Contents

1. Introduction
Camilla Pickles and Jonathan Herring
2. Non-Consented Vaginal Examinations: The Birthrights and AIMS Perspective
Rebecca Brione
3. Silence, Acquiescence or Consent: Interpreting Women's Responses to Intimate Examinations
Elsa Montgomery
4. Female Genital Examination and Autonomy in Medicine
Neda Taghinejadi and Brenda Kelly
5. When a Uterus Enters the Room, Reason Goes out the Window
Stella Villarmea
6. Human Rights and Gender Stereotypes in Childbirth
Christina Zampas
7. How Should the Performance of Periparturient Vaginal Examinations be Regulated
Charles Foster
8. Including the Victim's Perspective: Can Vaginal Examinations Ever be Sexual Assaults?
Catarina Sjölin
9. When 'Battery' is not Enough: Exposing the Gaps in Unauthorised Vaginal Examinations During Labour as a Crime of Battery
Camilla Pickles
10. Implied Consent and Vaginal Examination in Pregnancy
Jonathan Herring
11. Troubling Consent: Pain and Pressure in Labour and Childbirth
Claire Murray
12. Redressing Unauthorised Vaginal Examinations through Litigation
Andrea Mulligan
Afterword: Unauthorised Intimate Examinations as/and Sexual Violence: Some Epistemic and Phenomenological Considerations
Sara Cohen Shabot

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