Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"In a society in which people with disabilities are one of the most disadvantaged minority groups, we do not have the luxury of thinking of PAS as a final act of self-determination. We are a vulnerable population, subject to forced sterilization, ostracization, stigma, and discrimination. It is not paternalistic to think that people with disabilities will be coerced into PAS (or killed without their permission); to argue that people with disabilities have as much free will as the nondisabled is to ignore the oppression of people with disabilities. I do not want to talk about how to die until we have addressed the oppression affecting how I live."
"Why I Changed My Mind About Physician-Assisted Suicide: How Stanford University Made a Radical Out of Me," Journal of Disability Policy Studies, Summer 2005
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:
Professor, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University
Staff Member, Through the Looking Glass
Member, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Task Force on Disability & Substance Abuse, 2002-Present