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US rape case leaves ethical uproar

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7027.329a (Published 10 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:329
  1. John Roberts

    A young woman who has been in a persistent vegetative state for 10 years is awakening America to abuses in nursing homes and giving ethicists a profound new problem in reproductive rights. The woman, whose name is being withheld by authorities, was severely injured in an car accident in 1985, when she was 19. She has since been in a vegetative state and needs skilled nursing care.

    Last February she was placed in a new …

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