A review of the ethical and legal principles used in the decision making process for feticides at seven sites in South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Patel, Bhavna
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-12T07:18:18Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-12T07:18:18Z
dc.date.issued 2009-11-12T07:18:18Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/7437
dc.description M.Sc. (Med.) (Bioethics and Health Law), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, 2009 en_US
dc.description.abstract This study set out to perform an ethical-legal analysis of the current practices across the seven public health centres in South Africa that perform feticide for congenital abnormalities. Ideally, such decisions need to be guided by multidisciplinary discussions with the parent(s) and the parties included in the team, e.g. Obstetricians, Neonatologists, Nursing, Genetics counsellors and Social Workers and following the ethical principles of beneficence and respect for autonomy. Prior to the study, it was unknown as to whether all seven centres were using multidisciplinary groups in the decision-making process and on what basis approvals were being granted for feticide. The objectives of the review were to assess the number of feticides performed, who made the decision to offer the feticide and for what ethical or clinical indications. The results showed that all public health facilities in South Africa differed in the criteria that were used in making the decision to offer feticide. The clinicians varied in terms of who was represented in the team that reviewed the cases of congenital abnormalities. An analysis of the literature, together with a review of the data received on the current practices, guided the development of an ethical guideline for this service as well as making recommendations as to how the law could be strengthened in order to protect both health workers and patients. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject feticide en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.subject ethics en_US
dc.subject legal principles en_US
dc.title A review of the ethical and legal principles used in the decision making process for feticides at seven sites in South Africa en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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