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Handbook of Bioethics and Religion$
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David E. Guinn

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178739

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195178734.001.0001

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Law and Bioethics in Rodriguez v. Canada

Law and Bioethics in Rodriguez v. Canada

(p.199) 9 Law and Bioethics in Rodriguez v. Canada
Handbook of Bioethics and Religion

David E. Guinn

Edward W. Keyserlingk

Wendy Morton

, David E. Guinn
Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that ethics plays an extremely important role in decision making and lawmaking in bioethics issues. These decisions are not simple case-by-case judgments; rather, they rest upon deeply considered ethical opinions. It also discusses the implications of this epistemic grounding for bioethics and its use of case law materials as an ethical resource. Finally, since many people base their moral judgments on religious beliefs, the religious implications of this legal-moral relationship are considered.

Keywords:   ethics, decision making, bioethics, ethical resource, moral judgments

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