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Human rights and the omission or cessation of treatment for infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2709156     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Advances in neonatal medicine have led to the survival of children who suffer pain and psychosocial deficits. There are those who justify the continued existence of these children by denying that there is a minimal quality of life below which life is not worth living or by claiming that we cannot judge the quality of life of another. Both of these viewpoints are found wanting. What is proposed is that infants are persons and that personhood confers human rights which include the right to die. The nature of human rights yields a general criterion by which to determine when the omission or cessation of treatment for infants is morally required.
A Goldworth
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association     Volume:  9     ISSN:  0743-8346     ISO Abbreviation:  J Perinatol     Publication Date:  1989 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-06-01     Completed Date:  1989-06-01     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8501884     Medline TA:  J Perinatol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  79-82     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
Department of Philosophy, San Jose State University, California.
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MeSH Terms
Abnormalities, Multiple*
Child Abuse / legislation & jurisprudence
Ethics, Medical*
Euthanasia, Passive*
Human Rights*
Infant, Newborn*
Moral Obligations*
Patient Advocacy*
Patient Selection
Quality of Life
Right to Die*
Risk Assessment
Stress, Psychological*
United States
Value of Life*
Withholding Treatment*
Grant Support

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