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Unformatted text preview: Page 1 FOCUS - 1 of 1 DOCUMENT The Washington Times January 2, 1998, Friday, Final Edition Pediatricians under attack for allowing teen decisions; Policy including youngsters called 'misguided' BYLINE: Joyce Howard Price; THE WASHINGTON TIMES SECTION: Part A; NATION; Pg. A4 For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that children deemed to have decision-making capacity be given a greater voice in tough, even life-or-death, health treatment decisions affecting them. But many oppose a 1995 policy statement by the AAP Committee on Bioethics, which says a child's position should be accepted in cases where the young patient is judged to have decision-making author- ity and there is parental-child disagreement about the appropriate course of action. One of the critics, Dr. Lainie Friedman Ross, a pediatrician and bioethicist in Chicago, described the academy's position as "misguided" in an article in the November-December issue of the Hastings Cen- ter Report, a bioethics journal. "My main concern with the AAP recommendations" is AAP's stand that a child's decision on treatment or lack thereof "should be binding" in cases where "parents and children disagree on health care de-...
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