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Court of Appeal Endorses Medical Decision to Allow Baby to Die
Brahams briefly reviews a British Court of Appeals decision,
The Right to Be Allowed to Die
Commenting on the California case of Elizabeth Bouvia, a quadreplegic who requested hospital assistance to alleviate suffering while she starved herself to death, Brahams expresses the hope that no patient in the United Kingdom ...
Charge of Attempted Murder of an Infant by a Gynaecologist Dismissed
Legal charges were dismissed on 15 September 1983 in the case of Anthony Hamilton, a British gynecologist charged with attempted murder for inducing an abortion that resulted in the delivery and survival of an infant of ...
When Is Discontinuation of Dialysis Justified?
The staff of a renal dialysis unit in Oxford, England, determined that further treatment would no longer be beneficial to a mentally handicapped patient who was noncompliant and disruptive. The director of the hostel ...
Severely Handicapped Babies and the Law
According to British law, a nonviable handicapped fetus may be aborted, as may a viable one, to preserve maternal life. A handicapped newborn has full legal status. Brahams contends, however, that court actions concerning ...
The Arthur Case--a Proposal for Legislation
This article reviews the circumstances of British physician Leonard Arthur's trial and acquittal on a charge of attempted murder in connection with the death of a Down's syndrome infant. A draft bill is proposed containing ...