I also really like the development for Bashir here. It's a shame that it will be somewhat undone later in The Quickening
. There he actively fights against letting people die in dignity, even when they want to do so, so he can prolong their lives as long as possible without care for their pain.
I also like that they let Bareil go here. He's dead and he stays dead (well, sort of). That's another indication of this not being like TNG, where the dead would usually come back somehow.
As for the B-plot, if I were in Jake's or Sisko's shoes, I'd let Nog know that I considered his behavior unacceptable and would try to lead by example - showing him that treating women as equals is better instead of forcing to treat them as equals.