The Baby in the Body
Purdy, Laura M.
Hastings Center Report. 1994 Jan-Feb; 24(1): 31-32.
The case presented here involves an accident victim who is brain dead, unmarried, and 15 weeks pregnant. The woman's parents ask that she be removed from the ventilator and her body given to them for burial. The putative father of the fetus wants the medical team to attempt to maintain the woman on life-support until the fetus can be delivered with a good chance for survival. The questions presented to the commentators, Norman Fost and Laura Purdy, ask (1) should the physicians try to sustain the pregnancy (for at least 15 weeks)? (2) what are the parents' duties and (3) what obligations are owed to the father? (KIE abstract)
Allowing to Die; Attitudes; Brain; Brain Death; Case Studies; Coercion; Conflict of Interest; Counseling; Consent; Death; Decision Making; Dissent; Fathers; Fetuses; Informed Consent; Life; Moral Obligations; Parents; Physicians; Prolongation of Life; Pregnancy; Resource Allocation; Rights; Withholding Treatment; Women's Rights;
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