The Final, Anticlimactic Rule on Baby Doe
Murray, Thomas H.
Hastings Center Report. 1985 Jun; 15(3): 5-9.
Murray discusses the gist of the Department of Health and Human Services' final rule on the care of handicapped infants, what its impact will be on medical decision making, and what it signifies to the three groups most concerned with its formulation--physicians, members of right-to-life groups, and the disabled and their advocates. He describes the changes that the rule went through before it was acceptable to all three groups, explains why each group claimed victory for its position, and gives reasons why he believes that the rule will not affect the treatment of most handicapped infants. He concludes that the rule has resolved little of moral substance, and that society remains ambivalent toward the disabled. (KIE abstract)
Allowing to Die; Artificial Feeding; Attitudes; Child Abuse; Clinical Ethics; Congenital Disorders; Decision Making; Discrimination; Ethics; Government; Government Regulation; Health; Infants; Life; Newborns; Parents; Pediatrics; Physicians; Public Policy; Quality of Life; Regulation; Right to Life; Social Discrimination; Standards; State Government; Withholding Treatment;
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