PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A young mother in Maine is fighting a do-not-resuscitate order that was imposed on her brain-injured daughter over the woman's objections.
Child welfare officials intervened after the baby's father was accused of shaking her. They say life-saving measures implemented in the event she stops breathing would only prolong her suffering.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Maine, Christian Civic League of Maine and Alliance Defending Freedom are supporting the 18-year-old mother's request to lift the judge-approved order.
Maine's supreme court will hear arguments later this month.
The young mother was told early on that her baby wouldn't survive without life support. But court filings indicate the infant opened her eyes and began breathing when placed in her mother's arms.