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The Rescinding of DACA: What Should Healthcare Professionals and Academics Do? (and Why?)
Mark G. Kuczewski & Danish Zaidi

Imagine that the 14th Amendment is repealed. Suddenly, birthright citizenship is no longer the accepted law of the United States. African-Americans become largely seen as non-citizens because many of their ancestors’ mode of forced entry into the United States (i.e., via slave ship). As non-citizens without valid immigration papers, they can no longer be lawfully employed and are denied routine ...

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To Whom Do Children Belong?
John Lantos

In this issue of AJOB, Navin and Wasserman (2017) argue that parents should have more discretion in clinical decision making than they currently do. They criticize the Committee on Bioethics of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for curtailing parental discretion. Many commentators thought, instead, that the AAP got it just right. Bester and Kodish (2017) argue that decisions for children s...

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Reasons to Amplify the Role of Parental Permission in Pediatric Treatment
Mark Christopher Navin & Jason Adam Wasserman

Two new documents from the Committee on Bioethics of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) expand the terrain for parental decision making, suggesting that pediatricians may override only those parental requests that cross a harm threshold. These new documents introduce a broader set of considerations in favor of parental authority in pediatric care than previous AAP documents have embraced. Wh...

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Empowerment Failure: How Shortcomings in Physician Communication Unwittingly Undermine Patient Autonomy
Peter A. Ubel, Karen A. Scherr & Angela Fagerlin

Many health care decisions depend not only upon medical facts, but also on value judgments—patient goals and preferences. Until recent decades, patients relied on doctors to tell them what to do. Then ethicists and others convinced clinicians to adopt a paradigm shift in medical practice, to recognize patient autonomy, by orienting decision making toward the unique goals of individual patients. ...

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