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Oxygen and Estrogen Some of the lessons from the 2007 debate about the “Ashley case,” involving the use of estrogen to attenuate the growth of a girl with profound disabilities, may help advance the discussion about the Surfactant, Positive Pressure, and Oxygenation Randomized Trial.
Every so often, a bioethics controversy emerges that galvanizes our views. The Surfactant, Positive Pressure, and Oxygenation Randomized Trial mushroomed into a controversy of this sort this past year. In 2007, the “Ashley case,” involving the use of estrogen to attenuate the growth of a girl with profound disabilities, was similarly controversial. Some of the lessons from that debate, in which I was centrally involved, may help advance the discussion about SUPPORT. 
Every so often, a bioethics controversy emerges that galvanizes our views. The Surfactant, Positive Pressure, and Oxygenation Randomized Trial mushroomed into a controversy of this sort this past year. In 2007, the “Ashley case,” involving the use of estrogen to attenuate the growth of a girl with profound disabilities, was similarly controversial. Some of the lessons from that debate, in which I was centrally involved, may help advance the discussion about SUPPORT. 
Benjamin S. Wilfond, "Oxygen and Estrogen," Hastings Center Report 43, no. 5 (2013): inside back cover. 
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