This article considers whether and when a physician is obligated to offer life support to the point of fetal viability to a patient who is brain dead and pregnant. Lack of ethical, legal, and clinical consensus about best practice in managing this kind of case; a poor clinical evidence base; and the fact that offering life support violates the patient's autonomy and human dignity, as expressed in her advance directive, are sources of ethical, legal, and clinical complexity analyzed here.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||AMA journal of ethics|
|State||Published - 1 Dec 2020|
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ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Issues, ethics and legal aspects
- Health(social science)
- Health Policy