The Terminators

London Conference Reviews Widespread Deadly Care

by Anne Barbeau Gardiner

Religion must not be ignored if we are to treat human life with absolute respect and seriousness, said Irish Bishop Donal Murray, giving the opening address at the fourth annual conference of the Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics, held in London in early July. Without it, the scientific approach can lead to an inadequate idea of humanity and the “betrayal of trust” by those charged with caring for the incapacitated.

The reason, explained David Albert Jones, is that “personhood” today is defined as a status one can acquire or lose. This makes our common humanity subject to arbitrary tests, said . . .

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Anne Barbeau Gardiner is Professor Emerita of English at John Jay College of the City University of New York. She has published on Dryden, Milton, and Swift, as well as on Catholics of the 17th century.

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