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ETH-026: Medical Neglect and Child Abuse (Baby Doe)

 
Medical Neglect and Child Abuse (Baby Doe): The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes any change to the Wisconsin Child Abuse Law that would include the federal definition of “withholding medically indicated treatment,” which is defined as:

The failure to respond to the infant’s life-threatening conditions by providing treatment (including appropriate nutrition, hydration and medication), which in the treating physician’s or physicians’ reasonable medical judgment will be most likely to be effective in ameliorating or correcting all such conditions,except that the term does not include the failure to provide treatment (other than appropriate nutrition, hydration or medication) to an infant when, in the treating physician’s or physicians’ reasonable medical judgment:

 

  1. The infant is chronically and irreversibly comatose;
  2. The provision of such treatment would:
    1. Merely prolong dying;
    2. Not be effective in ameliorating or correcting all of the infant’s life-threatening conditions; or
    3. Otherwise be futile in terms of the survival of the infant; or
  3. The provision of such treatment would be virtually futile in terms of survival of the infant and the treatment itself under such circumstances would be
    inhumane.

 
(The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, Sec. 111. Definitions, June 25, 2003). (HOD, 0415)