What was the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Ferguson v. City of Charleston?

Asked on by iaseas

1 Answer | Add Yours

pohnpei397's profile pic

pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted on

What the Court decided in this case is that a hospital that is run by the state violates the 4th Amendment when it routinely screens all pregnant women, without their consent, for drug use.  The hospital did this as a way of trying to prevent pregnant women from harming their unborn children through drug use.  The Court ruled that such an action by a state employee constitutes a search under the 4th Amendment and therefore cannot be done without consent.  This was especially true because the hospital collaborated with the police and prosecutors in setting up their system.



We’ve answered 319,859 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question