Brierley et al take big polarised political debates deep into the context of paediatric intensive care. They are concerned that 'deeply held belief in religion leads to children being potentially subjected to burdensome care'. However, it can be argued that they make a mistake in categorising this as a problem derived from religion, religious belief or the depth of religious conviction. Religion here is a red herring.

Original publication

DOI

10.1136/medethics-2012-100676

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Med Ethics

Publication Date

09/2013

Volume

39

Pages

585 - 586

Keywords

Cloning, artificial reproduction, biotechnology, resource allocation/priority setting, virtue theory and bioethics, Cultural Diversity, Ethics, Clinical, Humans, Religion and Psychology, Social Values, Withholding Treatment