Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"Taking one's life is regarded as halachically and morally improper. While we cannot personally condemn those who in the midst of unbearable pain and suffering take their own lives, we cannot encourage, condone, or participate in the commission of such an act."
Experts MDs, JDs (Lawyers), PhDs and Religious Leaders with significant involvement in end-of-life issues. [Because end-of-life dilemmas require medical, ethical, legal, and in some case religious considerations, we view MDs, PhDs with a bio-ethical focus, and JDs/religious leaders with significant involvement as "experts" in the euthanasia debate.] [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Rabbi, Woodside Synagogue, Maryland
Professor of Law, University of Maryland
Advisor, Ethics Committee, Hebrew Home
Educational Consultant, Atlantic Seaboard Region, National Council of Synagogue Youth
Lectures regularly at the Board of Jewish Education,the Jewish Community Center, and the United Jewish Appeal Federation