EXCHANGES ON BABY DOE STUDY GUIDES

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EXCHANGES ON BABY DOE STUDY GUIDES JIM STONE: 1. What does Stone see as a moral blunder Singer and Kuhse commit? "These children [Down's Syndrome] are quite incapable of telling us what  they feel, and what they sense, and so on."  This is inaccurate :  many of   these children are only mildly retarded . They tend to be happy, alert, and   articulate , and often are capable of employment, education, and literacy. 2. Does Stone see a point at which his criticisms do not apply? " Guidelines issued by the administration state that 504 "does not compel   medical   personnel   to   attempt   to   perform   impossible   or   futile   acts   or   therapies ." That is, heroics are  not required to prolong the lives of non- viable infants ; children born without brains are given as an example.  Further, hospitals are encouraged to set up Infant Care Review Committees  to   discuss   problem   cases.   But   the   guidelines   make   it   plain   that   the  government will enforce section 504 when a viable handicapped child is  being starved to death or denied life-saving treatment because the child is  handicapped,   when   the   handicap   is   unrelated   to   the   problem   that   is  threatening the child; otherwise "the decision-making process customarily  undertaken by physicians" is to be preserved. 3. What line does he draw for a life worth protecting? Children have rights that transcend the family, most notably the right not   to be done away with by their parents. Handicapped children aren't chattel and parenthood isn't a license to do   away with unwanted children:   Retarded children have the same right to life as normal children 4. What standing does he give to parents when it comes to deciding? Allowing parents to be the sole and final arbiters of whether such a child  will receive medical care is  fundamentally unfair , first because the  child   has a right   to it and second because the  interests of the child and the   parents may be opposed : they may want the child dead. 5.
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This note was uploaded on 05/23/2011 for the course UGS 303 taught by Professor Foster during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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