Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"[T]here is no convincing reason why a patient who is acting completely on her own initiative, whether she be rich or poor, should be denied physician-assisted suicide because her decision turns, in whole or in part, on economic factors. If there remains a valid objection to economic motivations for physician-assisted suicide, it must stem from the concern that the patient is not acting completely on her own initiative but under pressure from others, from health care providers and managed care organizations, or from their families."
"Economic Motives for Physician-Assisted Suicide," www.thedoctorwillseeyounow.com, Feb. 2000
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:
Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Director, Law-Medicine Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 1986-present
Participant, "Indiana and the Legacy of State and Local Eugenics, 1907" Project, National Institute of Health
Co-investigator, "Controlling Human Aging: Alternative Rationales and Implications" Grant, National Institute of Aging and the National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institute of Health
Staff, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1984-present
Recipient, Templeton Fellowship, Arizona State University, 2008-2009