The Antiabortion Movement and Baby Jane Doe
Karnofsky, Elisa B.
Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. 1986 Summer; 11(2): 255-269.
The authors analyze the right-to-life movement's involvement in the controversy surrounding the withholding of treatment from handicapped newborns. They attribute the movement's interest in this issue to a desire to "improve its image, hone its legal strategy, and make new friends" among advocates for the disabled. Working with the latter, the antiabortion movement lobbied in support of the Department of Health and Human Services' "Baby Doe" regulations, which were drawn up to prevent hospitals that receive federal funds from discriminating against handicapped infants. The coalition regarded New York's "Baby Jane Doe" as a test case of the regulations in the courts, while its members continued to press for state and federal legislation guaranteeing treatment for most seriously ill newborns. Paige and Karnofsky conclude that, despite some setbacks, the right-to-life movement achieved many of its goals before shifting its attention back to banning abortion. (KIE abstract)
Abortion; Allowing to Die; Artificial Feeding; Attitudes; Child Abuse; Congenital Disorders; Federal Government; Friends; Goals; Government; Government Regulation; Health; Hospitals; Infanticide; Infants; Institutional Policies; Legal Rights; Legislation; Life; Newborns; Patient Advocacy; Political Activity; Quality of Life; Regulation; Rights; Roman Catholics; Right to Life; Selection for Treatment; State Government; Value of Life;
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