Academic journal article The Hastings Center Report

Kudos, and a Correction

Academic journal article The Hastings Center Report

Kudos, and a Correction

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To the Editor: As the lawyer representing the hospital involved in the Ashley case, I write to offer my profound thanks to the Seattle Growth Attenuation and Ethics Working Group for their thorough, thoughtful, balanced, and considerate analysis in "Navigating Growth Attenuation in Children with Profound Disabilities" (Nov-Dec 2010). The humility and openness of the authors is in sharp contrast to the dogmatic rancor that characterized much of the debate--I will not call it a discussion--at the time.

There is one factual error in the article to note: Seattle Children's Hospital did not "agree to obtain a court order prior to any future medical interventions to attenuate growth in children with developmental disabilities" (emphasis added). Instead, we agreed that we would not provide such interventions unless we had "received a valid order from a court of competent jurisdiction, not subject to appeal, authorizing such intervention in a given specific case" (from the Agreement between Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center and Washington Protection and Advocacy System [Disability Rights Washington], at paragraph 2, emphasis added). …

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