The Pitfalls of the Ethical Continuum and its Application to Medical Aid in Dying

Glick, Shimon M.

Religion has long provided guidance that has led to standards reflected in some aspects of medical practices and traditions. The recent bioethical literature addresses numerous new problems posed by advancing medical technology and demonstrates an erosion of standards rooted in religion and long widely accepted as almost axiomatic. In the deep soul-searching that pervades the publications on bioethics, several disturbing and dangerous trends neglect some basic lessons of philosophy, logic, and history. The bioethics discourse on medical aid in dying emphasizes similarity over previously recognized important distinguishing features. For example, it overplays a likeness between assistance in dying and the withdrawal of life-saving technology. In many bioethics’ topics, arguments based on a logical continuum are used to question the lines demarcating important moral differences.


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May 2, 2022


Keywords: Religion, Bioethics, Medical Aid in Dying, MAiD, Moral Philosophy, Beliefs, Euthanasia, Continuum