The Fetus is a Patient
As a pediatrician and neonatologist, I am confronted on a daily basis with issues concerning fetal viability, fetal therapy, and genetic screening. I am often asked by families to assist them in decision making prior to, during, and after a pregnancy. Most of my commentary will focus on the issue of the fetus as a patient and fetal therapy. At the end, I will add some brief comments on genetic screening and the problem of the time limits on abortion.
KeywordsCesarean Section Prenatal Care Genetic Screening Cesarean Section Rate Ethical Analysis
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Notes and References
- 1.Based on an article: Fleischman A, Macklin R: Fetal Therapy: Ethical Considerations, Potential Conflicts, in, Ethical Issues at the Outset of Life, eds: William Weil and Martin Benjamin, Blackwell Scientific Publications, Boston, 1987.Google Scholar
- 2.National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects. The Belmont Report, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 1979.Google Scholar