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Table 1 Synopsis of public attitudes in US, GE, and IL

From: Beyond cultural stereotyping: views on end-of-life decision making among religious and secular persons in the USA, Germany, and Israel

Speakers US GE IL
Topics Sec Rel Sec Rel Sec Rel
ADs Respect of ADs as expression of personal autonomy Respect of ADs as expression of personal autonomy - Respect of ADs as expression of personal autonomy
- Responsibility towards relatives and doctors to have an AD
Respect of ADs as expression of personal autonomy Reluctance towards ADs due to moral responsibilities towards others Reluctance towards ADs due to transcendental aspects (divine will, creation, natural order)
Withholding/withdrawing No significance No significance No significance Significance Some significance Strong significance
Euthanasia Mixed/Acceptance due to individual autonomy and being affected Mixed/Acceptance due to individual autonomy and being affected Mixed/Reluctance on basis of responsibility towards others and Nazi past Mixed/Reluctance on basis of responsibility towards others and Nazi past Reservations on basis of Jewish identity Opposition on basis of Jewish identity and divine will
Role of state Negative role as representing Christian religion limiting personal autonomy Negative role as representing Christian religion limiting personal autonomy Positive role as neutral authority respecting individual autonomy Positive role as neutral authority respecting individual autonomy Positive role as neutral authority respecting individual autonomy Positive role as representing Jewish law