by Dr. Susan Berry 17 Apr 2015
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Barbara Kay: A right to abortion doesn’t outweigh the right to know the risks
Barbara Kay | Jul 11, 2012 10:59 AM ET National Post
Preterm birth (PTB) is a risk factor for a number of infant and childhod afflictions. The more extreme the prematurity, the worse the problems. The most feared risk associated with extreme PTB is cerebral palsy, but PTBs have also been linked to autism and diminished cognitive capacity, amongst others. Most physical deficits linked to PTB are readily apparent at birth or in early childhood. Now an important study out of England and Sweden, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, has linked PTB to psychiatric problems in adulthood.
Decisions for critically ill infants with trisomy 18 raise thorny issues about values, futility, the burdens of treatment, cost-effectiveness, and justice. We presented the case of an infant with trisomy 18 to 2 neonatologists with experience in clinical ethics, Annie Janvier and Felix Okah, and to a parent, Barbara Farlow. They do not agree about the right thing to do.
"Ms Farlow speaks for the parents who come down on the side of treatment. These cases raise the most fundamental questions about the value of life, the meaning of personhood,
and the limits of parental and professional authority. Deference to parents is generally the right course unless the infant is clearly suffering from ongoing treatment that is unlikely
to be of benefit. The doctors in this case did the right thing: they worked to find common ground. As often happens, the infant surprised everybody." —John Lantos, Section Editor