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Medical technology and new treatments are being discovered and promoted at a much faster rate than our ability to reflect on their ethical, social, legal, and religious implications.
As a result people are often unprepared to answer the difficult questions that confront them today:
Is abortion ever justifiable?
If a loved one is suffering, can we take action that might relieve their suffering but will hasten their death?
Should doctors be allowed to help patients who wish to end their lives?
If a child is severely impaired, can we allow her to die rather than face a life of suffering?
Should we use genetic therapy to enhance the human race?
Should we seriously consider cloning human beings?
The way we answer these questions is indicative of who we are and what kind of world we want for ourselves and our children.
1 Modern Medicine in a Moral Fog 13
What Is Causing the Moral Fog? 18
The Meaning and History of Bioethics 21
Moral Justification 24
Ethical Theories 28
Methods of Bioethics 48
2 The Second Civil War: Abortion 61
The Legal Situation 64
The Moral Arguments for and against Abortion 71
Scripture and Abortion 99
3 A Good Death: Euthanasia 109
Definitions and Distinctions 113
The Legal Status of Euthanasia 119
Moral Arguments concerning Active Euthanasia 123
Passive Euthanasia 133
Other Issues regarding End-of-Life Care 135
4 Death with Dignity: Physician-Assisted Suicide 147
Is Suicide Ever Justified? 151
What Is Physician-Assisted Suicide? 156
The Legal Status of Physician-Assisted Suicide 161
Moral Arguments for and against PAS 168
5 From Cradle to Coffin: Imperiled Newborns 191
A History of Imperiled Newborns 194
Moral Arguments concerning Imperiled Newborns 201
Passive Euthanasia and the Impaired Newborn 215
Anencephalics - A Special Case? 217
6 Made, Not Begotten: Genetic Ethics 233
Genetic Screening 241
Genetic Intervention 258
Genetic Research and Experimentation 269