Friday, June 13, 2008

When Faith and Health Care Clash

When faith and health care clash for French Muslims:

The law in French state hospitals is clear. Women can request women doctors and probably get them most of the time. But if the attending doctor that night is a man, as happened in this case, the woman — and in this case, her husband — have to accept that. When this woman went into labour in November 1998, the couple rushed to a hospital in Bourg-en-Bresse and a midwife examined her. She recognised a complication and called the doctor, but the husband physically blocked him for half an hour because he did not want a strange man touching his wife. By the time he gave in, it was too late for a caeserian and the baby had to be delivered by foreceps. Little Mohammed is now 100% handicapped.

The father sued the hospital for €100,000 in damages and €10,000 in personal compensation. The court rejected this and blamed the father, saying: “The child’s state is totally attributable to the attitude of Mr. Radouane Ijjou.”

The court additionally fined the father for court costs.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Podcast: Jake Marcus on nursing in public and the law

The Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog has posted a podcast interview with attorney Jake Marcus on the subject of nursing in public and the law:
Jake discusses the different types of breastfeeding laws, what to do if you're harassed for nursing in public, and where to get information on the law in your state.
Also, don't miss her article on Lactation and the Law at