When Rights Just Won’t Do: Ethical Considerations When Making Decisions for Severely Disabled Newborns

Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 58 (3):322-327 (2015)
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Children like Baby G, born with complex chronic medical conditions that compromise function in the long term, are an increasing presence in tertiary-level neonatal intensive care units. The parents and health-care providers of these children are faced with profoundly difficult decisions. Whether severe congenital anomalies with poor prognosis are diagnosed antenatally or are discovered at the time of birth, the issues are vexing, and the impact decisions will have on everyone in the family is profound. What should such decisions be based upon? What values and principles might guide the decision-making process? What moral justifications allow for pursuing..



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