Government Intercedes in `Baby Jane Doe'
Science. 1983 Nov 25; 222(4626): 908.
Holden outlines events in the "Baby Jane Doe" case leading up to a Department of Justice suit in November 1983 against the State University Hospital in Stony Brook, New York, to obtain the infant's medical records. Parents and physicians had decided against treatment for the severely handicapped newborn, but legal action was begun by right-to-life advocates to appoint a guardian for the child and to order surgery. The Department of Justice became involved after two New York courts ruled against the action; the Department's intervention is based on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, which forbids discrimination against the handicapped. (KIE abstract)