Caring for Newborns: In Israel, Families Look to Two Messengers of God
Eidelman, Arthur I.
Hastings Center Report. 1986 Aug; 16(4): 18-19.
In the first of a set of three articles on care of impaired newborns in different countries, an Israeli neonatologist describes the interplay of religious and secular forces in a nation where the decision maker is the autonomous, paternalistic physician operating within an essentially open-ended social welfare system. However, once treatment is initiated, discontinuing it is precluded by a "sanctity of life" religious ethic reinforced by memories of the Holocaust's "selections" for extermination and by a public policy of increasing the Jewish population despite the existence of liberalized abortion. (KIE abstract)
Abortion; Allowing to Die; Attitudes; Authoritarianism; Caring; Clergy; Congenital Disorders; Cultural Pluralism; Decision Making; Ethics; Health; Health Care; Holocaust; Infants; Insurance; International Aspects; Jewish Ethics; Life; Newborns; Parents; Paternalism; Physician Patient Relationship; Physicians; Public Policy; Religious Ethics; Selection for Treatment; Sanctity of Life; Value of Life; Withholding Treatment;
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