Baby Doe law


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Legislation passed in 1984, which requires states to establish mechanisms in their child-protection services responsive to reported medical neglect of disabled children

Baby Doe law

Public Law 98-457 Health & law Legislation passed in 1984, which requires states to establish mechanisms in their child-protection services responsive to reported medical neglect of disabled children. See Baby Doe, Baby Jane Doe.

Ba·by Doe law

(bā'bē dō law)
General term for those regulations intended to protect children with handicaps or disability from mistreatment related to withholding of nourishment, warmth, and medical care.
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He sketches the intersection of the desires of parents that everything be done, the "institutionalization of NICU treatment" (158), the prestige and ego factor present at times, the misunderstanding of law (notably with respect to the Baby Doe Law), and the rise of the NICU as a profit center in many facilities.