In 2007, a developmentally disabled 7-year old girl underwent procedures in a Seattle hospital to stop normal growth. The Ashley X case created headlines and raised a host of ethical questions. Those issues are revisited in the January 2010 issue of The American Journal of Bioethics. Here, two bioethicists, one who supported the process of review followed by the ethics committee and the other who did not, discuss why such procedures should or should not require a court order. The bioethicists are Dr. Norman Fost, Professor of Pediatrics and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Dr. John Lantos, Director of Children's Mercy Hospital Bioethics Center in Kansas City, and past John B. Francis Chair at the Center. (January 22, 2010)




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