Call for criminal charges for "high risk" homebirths
The call from AMA WA president Dr David Mountain comes as the WA government considers new “foetal homicide” laws which legally recognise the unborn.
"If we accept the fact that babies in utero have rights and are human beings, which these laws believe, then it doesn’t just start at birth,” Dr Mountain told MO.
“If you recklessly endanger a child’s life by advising somebody to try and deliver their child in a high-risk environment where there’s a chance that they’ll come to harm, people should think about [charges].”
He said rather than punish mothers for