Research with Pregnant Women: New Insights on Legal Decision-Making

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The Hastings Center Report recently published this article, which offers a nuanced view of the potential legal complexities that can impede research with pregnant women. It reveals new insights into the role of legal professionals throughout the research pathway, from product conception to market, and it highlights a variety of legal factors influencing decision-making that may slow or halt research involving pregnant women. The author’s conclusion is that “closing the evidence gap created by the under-representation and exclusion of pregnant women in research will require targeted attention to the role of legal professionals and the legal factors that influence their decisions.”

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