Parental rights, child welfare, and public health: the case of PKU screening.

R. R. Faden, N. A. Holtzman, A. J. Chwalow

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Abstract

The right of parents to refuse consent for phenylketonuria (PKU) screening is discussed in terms of moral justifications. The authors take the position that the primary function of a parental consent requirement is to protect children's welfare. In the case of PKU screening, the intervention poses minimal risk of harm while refusal of screening poses a significant risk to the child. Therefore, the principle of preventing harm overrides the parental right to refuse PKU screening.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1396-1400
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume72
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1982
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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