Jewish Law and Medical Ethics
March 9, 2011
Professor Arnold Enker, founding dean of the law school at Bar Ilan University, is coming to the University of Colorado’s law school to discuss how Jewish law treats the separating of conjoined twins.
This interesting ethical dilemma has happened in the real world:
In August, 2000, conjoined twins Jodie and Mary were born. After birth, it became clear that if they remained together they would die. Operating to separate them would result in the certain death of Mary, but would give Jodie a reasonable chance at life. Their parents, devout Catholics, refused to allow their children to be separated, accepting it as God’s will to let the babies die. In September, a British court overruled the objections of the parents and ordered that the operation be performed. On November 6, Jodie and Mary were surgically separated, and Mary died on the operating table.”
The event is at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 10 in CU’s Law School room 304. Lunch will be served. The event is being sponsored by the Jewish Law Student Association and Chabad at CU.
JEWISHcolorado Board Chair Rob Kaufmann and Interim President and CEO Renée Rockford were among 30 Federation leaders representing communities across the United States and Canada who took part in an extraordinary, 24-hour visit to Israel to express their concerns with Israeli leaders on the proposed judicial reforms and to convey the implications these changes will have on the North American Jewish community.
On March 6 and 7, the Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center (JCC Denver) will host its annual crowdfunding fundraiser called Tzedakah 4 Kids (T4K). T4K is a two-day long effort to raise money for the Robert E. Loup Scholarship Fund.