Presuppositions have deep cultural as well as personal consequences as this excellent blog post makes clear. The culture of death is indefensible.
I recently came across this 2010 story from CBS News:
“According to a mail-in survey of nearly 4,000 British doctors, those who were atheist or agnostic were almost twice as willing to take actions designed to hasten the end of life. They were also far more likely to offer “continuous deep sedation until death” and discus end of life options with their patients.”
You can find the original JME paper HERE.
This story caused me to ask myself, “How does a person’s worldview influence his stance on bioethical issues like physician-assisted suicide, abortion, and human embryonic stem cell research?” Having discussed and debated these issues with fellow medical students, it always seems like the conversation, when continued long enough, eventually boils down to differences in ideology.
In other words, you’re never going to reason someone into changing his stance on euthanasia if he’s approaching the question from a different ideological starting…
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