Fetal protection policies are in place to protect fetuses from unsafe work conditions. Many private businesses have adopted such guidelines, but in accordance with a 1991 Supreme Court ruling, the employer is not allowed to make the decision of whether a worker is fit enough to work. A pregnant woman and doctor are responsible for making the decision of whether the woman can still carry out her basic responsibilities. If a change needs to be made, then it can only be done when a pregnancy would make an employee unable to do her job. The rights of a fetus remain a highly debated topic.
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