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Religious red herrings
  1. Mark Sheehan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mark Sheehan, Oxford BRC Ethics Fellow, The Ethox Centre, Department of Public Health, University of Oxford, Old Road Campus, Rosemary Rue Building, Headington, Oxford OX3 7LG, UK; mark.sheehan{at}ethox.ox.ac.uk

Abstract

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.

  • Cloning
  • virtue theory and bioethics
  • resource allocation/priority setting
  • artificial reproduction
  • biotechnology

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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