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How are pregnant women vulnerable research participants?

Verina Wild
International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics
Vol. 5, No. 2, Special Issue on Vulnerability (Fall 2012), pp. 82-104
DOI: 10.2979/intjfemappbio.5.2.82
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How are pregnant women vulnerable research participants?
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Abstract Despite the attempts to promote the inclusion of pregnant women into clinical research, this group is still widely excluded. An analysis of the “vulnerability of pregnant women” that questions deeply internalized stereotypes is necessary for finding the right balance in the protection of pregnant women as research participants. Criticism of the traditional account of vulnerability will lead to an alternative that focuses on situations rather than groups and on the obligations of responsible parties. The paper adds to the current general discussion of vulnerability and at the same time addresses the specific problem of drug treatment during pregnancy.

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