Response to Medical Ethical Dilemmas

By Yitzchok A. Breitowitz

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, September 1, 1995

The author employs Jewish law to give his responses to the cases presented in this issue of Sh'ma: HIV treatment should be required; aborting in a multi-fetal pregnancy should limit selection to those with weakest chance of survival but if probability is equal, gender is an acceptable criterion and disposal of embryos avoids technical problems of paternity that would apply to Jewish couples; denying insurance based on a genetic probability is unfair and defeats the purpose of insurance; the focus should be on the child with the disease and Jewish law says that for this child's sake silence is best.

Topic: Decision Making, Halakha, Morality, Jewish Law, Policy, Abortion, Ethics, Medical Care, Jewish Text, Health and Healing

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Cardin, Nina Beth

Volume/Issue: Vol.26/no.496

Page Number(s): 6-8

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Breitowitz, Yitzchok A. Response to Medical Ethical Dilemmas. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 1 September 1995: 6-8.


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