WNYC's Janet Babin spoke with Art Caplan, head of the Bio-Ethics Division at New York University's Langone Medical Center, about the role of religion and family in end of life decisions. Listen above.
The parents of a terminally ill New York City woman are waging a court battle over whether to keep her on life support.
The Daily News reports that 28-year-old Grace Sung Eun Lee has said she wants to die.
Doctors at Long Island's North Shore University Hospital say they would like to respect Lee's wishes and remove her feeding and breathing tubes.
But Lee's devout parents say that would be suicide and would keep her from going to heaven.
The parents, the Rev. Manho Lee and Jin-ah Lee, obtained a court order to keep the tubes in.
Before she became ill with brain cancer last year, Lee was working as a financial manager and training to run the New York City Marathon. Now she is paralyzed.