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When Alicia Beltran was 12 weeks pregnant, she took herself to a health clinic about a mile from her home in Jackson, Wis., for a prenatal checkup. But what started as a routine visit ended with Beltran eventually handcuffed and shackled in government custody – and at the center of a first-of-its-kind federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state’s fetal protection law.
On July 2, Beltran, 28, met with a physician’s assistant at West Bend Clinic at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend, Wis., for her prenatal visit. When asked to detail her medical history, Beltran admitted a past struggle with the painkiller Percocet. But that was all behind her, Beltran said: She had been taking Suboxone, a drug used to treat Percocet dependency. Lacking health insurance and unable to afford the medication, Beltran had used an acquaintance’s prescription and self-administered the drug in decreasing doses. She had taken her last dose a few days before her prenatal visit.
According to Beltran, the physician’s assistant recommended she renew her use of Suboxone under a doctor’s supervision. After Beltran declined, she said she was asked to take a drug test, which was negative for all substances except Suboxone.
Two weeks later, a social worker visited Beltran at home and told her that she needed to continue Suboxone treatment under the care of a physician, said Beltran, who again declined. Two days later, Beltran found police officers at her home, who arrested and handcuffed her.
after an upsetting phone conversation with her estranged husband, Ms.
Taylor became light-headed and fell down a flight of stairs in her
home. Paramedics rushed to the scene and ultimately declared her
healthy. However, since she was pregnant with her third child at the
time, Taylor thought it would be best to be seen at the local ER to
make sure her fetus was unharmed.
After Taylor was treated by a nurse at the private hospital and deemed fine, she confided to the nurse that she was upset and scared and wasn’t sure she wanted to continue the pregnancy. Her husband recently left her after she told him she was pregnant with their third child:
"I never said I didn’t want my baby, but I admitted that I had been
considering adoption or abortion," she said. "I admit that I said I
wasn’t sure I wanted to continue the pregnancy. My husband sends me
money, but money doesn’t make a parent. I don’t have anybody else to
originally posted by: dothedew
They have a similar policy in Michigan that my wife had to sign, however the doctor and nurse actually explained it. You consent to a random drug screen, but much like most post employment random tests, it is only done if they find probable cause to do so. Basically, that form gives them the power of an LEO (only test if necessary). The only time they take a mandatory screen, is if you are on Medicaid through the state, in which case they do one during the initial visit, and one at like, 30 weeks or so. Nothing to be too concerned about
originally posted by: TinySickTears
a reply to: dawnstar
Beltran had used an acquaintance’s prescription and self-administered the drug in decreasing doses.
^^^wonder why docs want drug tests
Really? The form stated that it was so you could be punished?
And the form clearly stated it was so they could report you to the authorities....not to make sure there's not adverse reactions with other medication, or so that the doctor has a comprehensive idea of your health....to turn you over to the law to be punished.
If a woman is alleged to be using drugs or alcohol during her pregnancy or tests positive during the pregnancy, the intake specialist assesses whether there are current safety issues to other children in the home. The intake specialist’s assessment should include the nature and extent of the mother’s use of drugs or alcohol.
If there are other children in the home, the intake specialist assesses whether there are allegations of abuse or neglect to these children. If there is an allegation, the intake specialist completes an intake, listing the children in the home as victims. The unborn child is not listed on the Person List, but the intake specialist addresses concerns about the unborn child in the intake Narrative.
The intake specialist completes a CRSR – Request for Local Public Service if:
• there are no current allegations regarding the children in the home or there are no other children in the home; and
• a professional reporter (typically law enforcement, medical, or casework staff) is requesting CPS assistance; and
• the mother will deliver in the near future.
The unborn child is not included on the Person List. A CRSR should not be completed if the woman is early in the pregnancy.
Pretty much. Just as refusing to sign a consent form on a job application means you can go elsewhere.
So refusing to sign a consent form means they can refuse treatment?
originally posted by: AlienSupernova
No offense , as a woman myself, but heres the issue.
If you are on something, or have even forgot you had taken some medication, and it reacted badly with some sort of treatment then they would be held liable
It sounds like its more safety for the both of you than anything else. Although I do know there are many issues in the medical community, in this case I feel like this is a misunderstanding on your part
originally posted by: ladyvalkyrie
But it doesn't say that, it says, "So you can be reported to CPS and the authorities."
originally posted by: lovebeck
They don't. I know this becaus I have been a nurse for nearly 20 years...
Dealing with CPS would be punishment enough for me.
It's not really a threat though, is it. Don't sign, go elsewhere. Like a job app.
But, my piss is clean, I'm not even worried about it. I just object to the principle of their form and their threats to not treat me (or my fetus) for refusing to sign a 'voluntary' form.
originally posted by: ladyvalkyrie
And if I were to get drug tested and marijuana found in my system, that's an illegal drug. And I would have a record with law enforcement forever about that illegal drug found in my system,