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Episode 46: Medical Ethics I – Patient Autonomy and the Right to Choose or Refuse Risky Procedures

by Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on January 14, 2024)

Jewish tradition holds that we have a mandate to preserve life, and that we do not have ownership over our bodies. But when a patient must choose whether to undergo a risky procedure that may extend but may foreshorten life, how is she to choose? Find out how Rav Moshe addressed these cases and in so doing opened up a space for patient autonomy within halakha, on our newest episode of Iggros Moshe A to Z, now live: