Kevin O’Rourke, O.P., J.C.D., S.T.M., Dominican priest, canon lawyer, and health care ethicist died on Wednesday. He is one of the seminal figures in Roman Catholic health care ethics in the United States. He is the author of numerous articles but his best-known publications are text books, especially a co-authored work (with Benedict Ashley, O.P.) published by Georgetown University Press, Health Care Ethics: A Theological Analysis, fourth ed. (2007). He has been a leader in promoting respect for patients and their families to refuse unwanted and burdensome treatment at the end of life.
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