Beyond Bioethics: A Child Rights–Based Approach to Complex Medical Decision-Making

Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 58 (3):332-340 (2015)
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Abstract

The case of Baby G raises some of the most difficult decisions confronting parents and health-care professionals. Given the context-specific nature of most medical decisions affecting children, the principles and standards of child rights and the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child will not clearly articulate the best interests of the child in every situation. A child rights–based approach will, however, provide the factors that must be considered, methods for their analysis, and the procedural safeguards that must surround decision-making related to complex medical situations facing children, families, and providers. This approach can facilitate both..

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