They have suggested that the family authorize them to stop feeding through the stomach tube and “let nature run its course.”

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Imagine that six months ago a family member was involved in an automobile accident and has been in a coma ever since. The physicians hold little hope for a recovery, stating that the patient is in “a persistent vegetative state.” They have suggested that the family authorize them to stop feeding through the stomach tube and “let nature run its course.” Confused, you turn to your closest friends—a Reform Jew, a Progressive Protestant, a Roman Catholic, a Sunni Muslim and an advocate of the “Death with Dignity” movement—for counsel as you struggle to make a decision. Which friend(s) do you find to be most helpful in reaching a decision? Why?

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