Former Medical Director at the United Nations and current Coordinator of the Society for Old Age Rational Suicide (SOARS)
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"The right to die should be a matter of personal choice.
We are able to choose all kinds of things in life from who we marry to what kind of work we do and I think when one comes to the end of one's life, whether you have a terminal illness or whether you're elderly, you should have a choice about what happens to you...
I’m pro life - I want to live as long as I possibly can, but l also believe the law should be changed to let anyone with some severe medical condition which is causing unbearable symptoms to have an assisted suicide. I wouldn't want to be unnecessarily kept alive against my own will."
Michael Irwin, "Euthanasia: The Right to Die Should Be a Matter of Personal Choice," Mirror, Aug. 19, 2013
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:
Founder and Coordinator, Society for Old Age Rational Suicide (SOARS), 2009-present
Director, Right-to-Die Europe, 2011-2013
Coordinator, Secular Medical Forum, 2006-2008
Former Chair, Voluntary Euthanasia Society (now Dignity in Dying)
Treasurer, World Federation of Right-to-Die Societies, 2008-2012
Recipient, Secularist of the Year Award, 2005
President, World Federation of Right-to-Die Societies, 2002-2004