STUDY QUESTIONS - 1 , The Stinsons problem was that they had doctors who followed a rigid ,

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STUDY QUESTIONS FOR “THE FUTURE OF BABY DOE” 1. What was the Stinson’s problem, according to Kuhse and Singer? The Stinsons' problem was that they had doctors who followed a rigid  ethic of preserving life at virtually any cost, and they could not get their  son out of the hands of their doctors. 2. What did the Stinson’s do against their better judgment? Against the Stinson's better judgment, they were persuaded to allow him  to be taken from the local community hospital to a downtown specialist  pediatric hospital with a neonatal intensive care unit.  3. What happened at the hospital? There, despite a host of problems including periodic fits, infections, and a  very uncertain prognosis for mental development, Andrew was put on a  respirator and all the resources of modern medical technology were used  to keep him alive. The Stinsons repeatedly made it plain that they did not  want these heroic measures to be taken. Their wishes were ignored. Not  until   June   14   did   Andrew   die. 4. What was the cost? $104,403.20 5. The   authors   charge   that   President   Reagan   was   advocating   what  interference in private matters? Government interference 6. What was contained in the memorandum dated April 30, 1982 sent to the  Secretary of Health and Human Services? President Reagan ordered Richard Schweiker, Secretary of Health and  Human   Services,   to   ensure   that   federal   laws   protecting   the   rights   of  handicapped citizens were being adequately enforced. In particular, the  president instructed Secretary Schweiker to notify all who provide health  care that section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 forbids medical  institutions receiving federal funds to withhold from handicapped citizens, 
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simply because they are handicapped, any benefit or service that would  ordinarily be provided to people without handicaps. Regulations under this  law,   the   president   continued,   prohibit   hospitals   receiving   federal  assistance from discriminating against the handicapped. 7. What was contained in follow-on "Notice to Health Care Providers?" The notice told hospital administrators that it was unlawful for a recipient  of Federal financial assistance to withhold from a handicapped infant  nutritional sustenance or medical or surgical treatment required to correct  a lifethreatening condition if (1) the withholding is based on the fact that the infant is handicapped; and (2) the handicap does not render treatment or nutritional sustenance  contra-indicated. 8.
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