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Monday, December 17, 2007

In Court

Medical science is going head-to-head with religion in a Winnipeg, Manitoba, courtroom. The family of Samuel Golubchuk is fighting to force a local hospital to keep the 84-year-old on life support, saying that the hospital's decision to disconnect his ventilator and remove his feeding tube violates the family's Orthodox Jewish religious beliefs. Doctors say that continuing to offer care to Golubchuk, who won't recover and is in pain, violates their ethical guidelines. The decision in this case could set legal precedent and affect many Canadian families facing end-of-life health-care decisions. —Heather Wax