Federal Court Strikes Down Baby Doe Rules
Science. 1984 Jun 8; 224(4653): 1078-1079.
As the result of a suit brought by the American Medical Association and five other medical organizations, a federal district court judge has struck down the February 1984 version of the Department of Health and Human Services' "Baby Doe" regulations. It was the second time a court had denied the government's claim that federal statutes forbidding discrimination against the handicapped give it the authority to intervene in treatment decisions concerning handicapped newborns. At the time of the ruling, no complaints about the care of any infant had been handled by DHHS under the provisions of this latest set of regulations. (KIE abstract)
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