I cannot see how the current mental health laws could ever be applied to a woman having a high risk pregnancy??
I think what she is saying, is if D&A is a major issue, make it that ALL people must have compulsory rehab, not just pg women. Bc as it stands with what they are suggesting, it IS being dictated purely on being pg...
How would they even police this? Drug test all pregnant women?
I think if your going to send people to rehab for addictions under the mental health act than it should be everyone who is mentally ill and addicted to xyz not just pregnant women? I'm not saying pregnant women should be excluded but they should not be the only ones included..
But *I think* she is saying they already are. Under the mental health act you can be put in a facility and administered treatment against your will. So you don't have body autonomy (sp) and this can be extended to a pregnant addict. An addict can be considered mentally ill because of her addiction and apply the mental health laws.
Well that's what I'm getting from it. No one has complete bodily autonomy, so being pregnant shouldn't be the reason you do either (kinda saying the opposite) just because you're pregnant.
And I agree, a pregnant woman should be taken priority because she is affecting another life in her body, and this life can have serious complications for the rest of their life. 10 weeks of intervention for the sake of that babies life and life long health is more important than her right to do whatever she wants like take drugs.
I think what people fear most is their rights to abortion and forced medical treatments while pregnant hence the slippery slpe comments. But I still disagree that it will open the doors to this sort of thing (as I've explained in my earlier posts)
That's what I have said? I don't think anyone has said it shouldn't happen just that it should not be restricted to pregnant women?
why I was confused is I asked a few pages back:
"What if she has a mental health issue as well as a D or A addiction? What if it was your sister, she was bipolar, off her meds, killing herself with alcohol and pregnant? Isn't her right to have the best chance to have a sane, happy life?" (bolding added)
Onionskin responded: "Her rights as the one who carries the baby, must always come first. I don't always like what that involves, but it must always be the mother that comes first.
Bodily autonomy is paramount. Always."
So I then asked "if she would otherwise be detained but is pregnant does that mean by this logic she shouldn't be detained". I didn't get a reply.
This is why I am confused as the responses seem to put bodily autonomy above everything else. I am simply saying in the case of mental health it is part of the issue but not the only one.
I would live for the day a person with a mental health issue and a D or A addiction could be removed into rehab (as an alternative to death) so I agree it would apply to all people in that situation (pregnant or otherwise).
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