Thursday, July 19, 2007
In my opinion, it's not the doctors nor the scientists who have the most interesting insights into bioethics. It's the dreaded lawyers. And if you find one with a Masters of Theology, you can be sure they have important and compelling ideas on life and death. I recently came across an essay published in the Journal of Legal Medicine by Joshua E. Perry, Assistant Professor (School of Medicine and Law School) at Vanderbilt University. In it, Dr. Perry asks, and answers, the question "why has the anti-abortion movement obsessed with the beginning of life and seized on the issue of end-of-life feeding tubes?" He ultimately concludes that "biopolitics in the early twenty-first century United States context is about strategies and agendas for controlling and regulating the bodies of individuals even at the bedside as they lie dying. Politicized interventions that seek to control and regulate the personal and private space of one's final exit, in an effort to promote the 'culture of life' cliche, must be identified and resisted as abuses of biopolitical power that threatens individual decision making at the end of life." Right on!
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