volume 146, issue Supplement 1, PS25-S32 2020
DOI: 10.1542/peds.2020-0818g
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Lois A. Weithorn

Abstract: In this article, I examine the role of minors' competence for medical decision-making in modern American law. The doctrine of parental consent remains the default legal and bioethical framework for health care decisions on behalf of children, complemented by a complex array of exceptions. Some of those exceptions vest decisional authority in the minors themselves. Yet, in American law, judgments of minors' competence do not typically trigger shifts in decision-making authority from adults to minors. Rather, mi…

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