Private Groups Enunciate "Baby Doe" Principles
Science. 1983 Dec 16; 222(4629): 1216-1217.
A group of nine organizations concerned with the rights and treatment of handicapped newborns has issued a statement of "Principles of Treatment of Disabled Infants." The statement reaffirms the rights of ill and disabled newborns and appears to preclude quality of life considerations in decisions concerning medical care. Interpretation of the principles varies among the signatories, however, with the American Academy of Pediatrics differing from the Association for Retarded Citizens in its construction of phrases such as "limited potential" and "clearly futile" surgery. (KIE abstract)
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