Brain Death in Pregnant Women
Kantor, Jay E.
Hoskins, Iffath Abbasi
Journal of Clinical Ethics. 1993 Winter; 4(4): 308-314.
...Even though the use of life-support resources with brain death has previously been advocated only for short periods to preserve vital organs for transplantation, maternal brain death during pregnancy may warrant prolonged maternal cardiorespiratory support for the sake of the fetus. The possibility of such prolongation raises ethical and legal questions about our obligations toward the woman and the fetus.
Abortion; Allowing to Die; Autonomy; Brain; Brain Death; Cadavers; Clinical Ethics; Clinical Ethics Committees; Consent; Death; Determination of Death; Ethics; Ethics Committees; Family Members; Fetuses; Human Experimentation; Legal Aspects; Legal Rights; Life; Mother Fetus Relationship; Organ Donation; Patient Care; Pregnant Women; Prolongation of Life; Pregnancy; Rights; Standards; State Interest; Transplantation; Treatment Refusal; Viability;