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08/24/2018

Best Interest, Harm, God’s Will, Parental Discretion, or Utility

This post also appears in the August 2018 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics.

by John D. Lantos, Ph.D

The impassioned and well-reasoned essays in this edition of the journal all agree with two claims: (1) children have moral claims that should be protected and recognized, and (2) we need ongoing discussions on how to determine and weigh the interests of children when we make decisions for them. They disagree about how we should determine and weigh those interests. The disagreements suggest that we clearly have not found an all-encompassing principle or theory that will resolve all cases. That is less of a problem than these essays suggest.…

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