In some states, the AMA & ACOG
won't simply ask for an outright ban on homebirth, but may encourage broad
language added to fetal protection acts, professional scope of practice
regulations, or insurance and medicaid regulations.
Fetal Protection Laws as Cover
In some cases, the AMA is likely to
use fetal protection laws to advance their efforts.
While it may be appropriate to try to
protect fetuses from violence, these laws must not be so broad in scope that
they encompass the choice to give birth at home.