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The Canadian Supreme Court agreed Friday to consider whether the government can force a pregnant glue-sniffer into treatment to protect the health of her fetus, a case with implications for abortion rights.

The Manitoba Court of Appeals, citing an earlier Supreme Court decision that a fetus is not a person, had ordered that the woman be allowed to leave an addiction-treatment program.

The Winnipeg Child and Family Services agency sought to appeal.

The Supreme Court gave no reasons for its decision to hear the case. If it had refused to hear the appeal, the previous judgment freeing the woman would have automatically stood.

The Winnipeg agency appealed because two of the woman's three other children were born with a chemical addiction and were developmentally handicapped, a court summary said.

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