My newest post is up at the Episcopal Cafe. It's another of the hardest questions, but one that I think we as Christians have to face, and especially as we consider how to provide health care for all.
My friend and colleague Rosemary Flanigan of the Center for Practical Bioethics says that ,"there is no objective “harm” or “benefit” in utilitarianism." Well, perhaps that's true in the abstract. I would suggest, however, that when we get to application, and especially when we as a body politic get to application, issues of "harm" or "benefit" become very personal; and so do the decisions.