The Tiniest Newborns
Hastings Center Report. 1983 Feb; 13(1): 14-19.
Questions have been raised about the prevailing practice of initiating aggressive therapy for very low birth weight infants. Advocates of conservative care are concerned about the financial burden to society, the quality of life of surviving infants, and the subsequent economic and emotional stress for their families. The author refutes these arguments for a conservative approach and maintains, moreover, that considerations of social justice require initiating aggressive treatment, though without a binding commitment to its continuation. (KIE abstract)