Year: 1997 Source: Hastings Center Report, v.27, no.3, (May-June 1997), p.38-41 SIEC No: 19980617

In some sense, bioethics was built on conflicts, e.g. abortion, physician-assisted suicide & patient autonomy. This article examines which forum best serves such debates by looking at political theories of democracy. It is argued that the most promising for bioethics debates are theories that ask citizens & officials to justify any demands for collective action by giving reasons that can be accepted by those who are bound by the action. This concept is known as deliberative democracy.