Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"[Physicians] have compassion, to the wishes of a patient, whether the patient were technically quite responsible or not... Physicians and their hospitals, have their own financial incentives, too, in this new age of managed care. Whether acting from compassion or under some other influence, a physician who would provide a drug for a patient to administer might well go the further step of administering the drug himself; so, the barrier between assisted suicide and euthanasia could become porous, and the line between voluntary and involuntary euthanasia as well. The case for the slippery slope is fairly made out here... because there is a plausible case that the right claimed would not be readily containable by reference to facts about the mind that are matters of difficult judgment, or by gatekeepers who are subject to temptation, noble or not."
Concurring opinion in Washington v. Glucksberg, June 26, 1997
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:
Associate Justice, US Supreme Court, Oct. 8, 1990-June 29, 2009
Associate Justice, 1st Circuit Court of Appeals, 1990
Judge, New Hampshire Supreme Court, 1983-1990
Associate Justice, New Hampshire Superior Court, 1978-1983
Member, New Hampshire Governor's Commission of Crime and Delinquency, 1976-1978, 1979-1983
Attorney General, New Hampshire, 1976-1978
Member, New Hampshire Police Standards Training Council, 1976-1978