Parents should have absolute rights over child's body after death, report saysBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7324.1270 (Published 01 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1270
- Bryan Christie
New laws that would give absolute rights to parents to decide what should happen to a child's body after death are needed in the United Kingdom, a Scottish independent inquiry into organ removal has recommended.
The inquiry, which covered the removal of organs from adults as well as children, was commissioned in the wake of the Alder Hey affair, in which organs were removed from thousands of children without their parents' consent.
The recommendations of the Scottish inquiry go further than what has already been proposed in England and involve the …