Parental Choice and Selective Non-Treatment of Deformed Newborns: A View From Mid-Atlantic
Meyers, David W.
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1986 Jun; 12(2): 67-71.
Trends in the United Kingdom and the U.S. are compared with regard to the legal rights of parents to accept or refuse treatment for newborns with congenital defects. British law is seen as generally guided by the principle of the child's interests, though cloudy in detail, such as by a failure to distinguish between physical problems like neural tube defects and mental ones such as Down's syndrome. Regarding the latter defect, the civil case of
Allowing to Die; Artificial Feeding; Congenital Disorders; Congenital Defects; Consent; Decision Making; Down Syndrome; Infants; International Aspects; Judicial Action; Law; Legal Aspects; Legal Rights; Life; Neural Tube Defects; Newborns; Parental Consent; Parents; Physicians; Prognosis; Quality of Life; Rights; Selection for Treatment; Standards; Suffering; Treatment Refusal; Trends; Withholding Treatment;
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