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Confronting ambiguity: identifying options for infants with trisomy 18

Journal title
The Journal of clinical ethics
Publication year
2011
Author(s)
Derrington, S. F.; Dworetz, A. R.
Pages
338-44; author reply 358-62
Volume
22
Number
4

Identifying ethically allowable options for infants with trisomy 18 has become more challenging as medical standards of practice shift, based on emerging scientific data and changing societal perceptions of disability. Lack of a stable professional standard of practice ought not prevent ethicists from facilitating a consensus; rather, these "unsettled cases" require an individualized, narrative approach that allows the values of the family and the particularities of each case to provide the necessary additional moral grounding.

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