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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Indeed, both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association, which had fought the Baby Doe rules, issued policies calling for equal treatment of newborns regardless of disability and low quality of life and recommended the use of institutional ethics committees to review contested Cases.
Although the Baby Doe rules included review by "infant care review committees," none was used in the Miller case.
Growing out of a widely publicized Indiana case in which a "Baby Doe" with Down syndrome died after a trial court declined to order an operation to correct an intestinal blockage, the original 1983 federal Baby Doe rules forbade health care providers that received federal funds (including Medicare and Medicaid) to withhold life-sustaining treatment from infants "solely by reason of [their] handicap.
But neither logic nor policy supports the conclusion that when the treating physician believes that treatment is virtually futile and inhumane, the Baby Doe rules "stipulate" that the provider has no obligation to honor parental instructions to continue treatment.