Terminal care and the pregnant woman: ethical reflections on In Re: A.C.


In June 1987, a Washington, DC, court, stating that it had an interest in protecting viable fetal life, ordered a 27-year-old woman dying of cancer to undergo a cesarean section to deliver a 26 1/2-week fetus. The child died within hours, and the woman within days, of the surgery. The ruling was appealed. In April 1990, the court vacated its order, stating… (More)


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