Clinical Professor in the Division of Medical Humanism and Ethics of the Department of Family and Geriatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"Loving care goes beyond the ethic of simply 'keeping alive' far past the time of meaningful existence. Assisted dying may also be the requirements of love and mercy when the patient is overwhelmed by disease. The covenant between physician and patient might well include aiding a quicker and less painful death. Morality requires that the patient not be abandoned but be comforted, consoled, counseled, and cared for even if they choose death...
The moral revulsion expressed and the public sentiment against PAS [physician-assisted suicide] are not sufficiently grounded in ethics and theology to offset the support generated for the practice among people who see the issue in profoundly different ways. The practice of physician assisted suicide will undoubtedly persist. Doctors and nurses will continue to help the dying in ways mutually agreed upon and in a manner mutually acceptable, regardless of the legal statutes of various states. PAS has been and likely will remain a part of medical practice as long as there are people who want to die with a caring physician's assistance."
Faith and Health: Religion, Science, and Public Policy, 2008
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:
Clinical Professor, Division of Medical Humanism and Ethics, Department of Family and Geriatrics, University of Louisville School of Medicine, 1997-present
Adjunct Professor, Department of Philosophy & Humanities, University of Louisville, 1994-present
President, Center for Ethics in Ministry & Medicine, 1993-present
Ordained Baptist Minister
Member, American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics
Member, American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities
Serves on the Hospital Ethics Committee (HEC) of the University of Louisville Hospital, Baptist Hospital East, and the Jefferson County Medical Society
Adjunct Professor, Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, 1996-2000
Professor, Christian Ethics, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1982-1993
Former Pastor of churches in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee
PhD, Southern Baptist Seminary, 1970
ThM (Master of Theology), Southeastern Baptist Seminary, 1967
MDiv (Master of Divinity), Southeastern Baptist Seminary, 1962