Pregnancyand the Law
Pregnancyand the Law
Thereare over six million cases of pregnancy reported annually in theUnited States of America. Of these, only over four million womendeliver without experiencing pregnancy complications[ CITATION Ric05 l 1033 ].Additionally, expectant women are required to complement a healthydiet with supplements, so as to provide essential nutrients requiredto maintain a healthy pregnancy. This therefore brings in the need toestablish concrete strategies to provide expectant mothers withquality health care so as to guarantee the birth of healthy babies.
Pregnantwomen should have a legal right to access quality health care rightfrom conception. Providence of good care from this point will ensuregradual maintenance of pregnancy. Prenatal care would also ensureearly detection in case of any complication. This would increasematernal and child health tremendously and would in turn reduce thecost incurred in dealing with pregnancy related complications.
Providenceof standard health care is one of the ways in which the nationfinances pregnancy care. Healthy babies contribute to a healthynation and therefore the government should put more emphasis onpregnancy care. This can be done through providence of supplementsand free prenatal to postnatal care. Additionally it is essential tosensitize the public to ensure a joint initiative to enhancepregnancy care. Although families predetermine the occurrence ofpregnancy, they should be assisted in caring for them. However, thisshould be referenced to the financial standing of different families.Low income families should receive greater funding so as to ensurethat healthcare is standardized. The Pregnancy Assistance Fund is oneof the initiatives that have aided in enhancing pregnancy care.[ CITATION Joe12 l 1033 ]
Overone million pregnancies are terminated each year in the USA. Thereasons for termination range from complications to unplannedpregnancies which individuals terminate due to lack of readiness toaccommodate a baby. A large number of these unplanned pregnancies areassociated to teenage pregnancies. This brings in the question as towho speaks out for the rights of the unborn babies carelesslyterminated at owners’ discretion. These terminations are justifiedby arguing that the fetuses have not developed into human beings andare thus lifeless. In addition, ambiguous misinterpretations ofindividual rights allow for the same. However this should bediscouraged and terminations should only be carried out in caseswhere the life of the mother is at risk. Society has a major role toplay in instilling morals which will ensure that the value of life isaccorded maximum respect. This can be done by promoting the use ofcontraception so to avoid unplanned pregnancies.[ CITATION Ric05 l 1033 ]
Thefederal government should have the responsibility of ensuringpregnancy care. This is necessary so as to ensure that it isuniformly distributed. The court should be involved in makingdecisions regarding pregnancy care so as to ensure that logicalpolicies are established. This will go a long way in ensuringinclusivity and sanity, and ensure that progressive laws areformulated to safeguard the wellbeing of pregnancy.
Thegovernment should safeguard laws protecting expectant women andunborn babies, and the society has a role in instilling discipline inthe context of pregnancy. However individuals have the greatest roleby taking the responsibility of ensuring they take good care duringpregnancy and access medical facilities. Smoking and taking alcoholduring pregnancy should be regarded as crimes as they jeopardize thelife of the unborn baby. Therefore to maximize on healthy pregnanciesthe joint effort of all is required.
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