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Florida Hospital Demands Woman Undergo Forced C-Section

The hospital has threatened to perform cesarean surgery on Jennifer Goodall "with or without [her] consent."

The hospital has threatened to perform cesarean surgery on Jennifer Goodall “with or without [her] consent.”

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Lawsuit: Staten Island Hospital Forced Patient Into C-Section Against Her Will

The lawsuit is believed to be the first to raise a claim under a New York public health law detailing the rights of patients at hospitals in the state.

A lawsuit filed by a New York woman against a local hospital alleges that she was forced to undergo a c-section against her will. The suit is believed to be the first to raise a claim under a New York public health law detailing the rights of patients at hospitals in the state, but experts worry that such cases could become more common.

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Challenge to Florida VBAC Ban Intensifies

A coalition is challenging a VABC ban by Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration, charging among other things that it is intervening in the activities of licensed providers and overriding “informed consent” standards.

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Do Pregnant Women Have the Right to Refuse Surgery?

Last week, a firestorm erupted in the birth and reproductive justice advocacy world over a statement generated by the NIH Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) Consensus Development panel implying that in some circumstances a pregnant woman cannot refuse cesarean surgery.

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