HHS Preparing to Issue New Baby Doe Rules
Science. 1983 Sep 23; 221(4617): 1269-1270.
Since a U.S. district court struck down its initial "Baby Doe" regulations, the Department of Health and Human Services is preparing a second version of federal rules designed to ensure appropriate treatment of handicapped newborns with life-threatening but correctible conditions. While child advocacy groups support the regulations with some reservations about the intrusive style of enforcement, most medical organizations, led by the American Academy of Pediatrics, are strongly opposed. Both houses of Congress have become involved with the issue by proposing to include handicapped infants under the Child Abuse and Treatment Act. (KIE abstract)
Allowing to Die; Child Abuse; Clinical Ethics; Clinical Ethics Committees; Congenital Disorders; Ethics; Ethics Committees; Federal Government; Government; Government Regulation; Health; Hospitals; Infants; Legislation; Life; Newborns; Organizations; Pediatrics; Professional Organizations; Regulation;