Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"There is so much wrong here it is hard to know where to begin...
One need only to look briefly at the recent videotapes from Planned Parenthood to realize, regardless of one's position on abortion, that a high level of coarseness about the value of human life can become endemic when the struggle with moral implications of terminating a potential life have ceased. The same callousness, over time, will now be ushered in at the end of life with the enactment of a law that allows this type of killing…
In a society that does such a poor job of protecting its vulnerable, it is naive to think that even the protections embedded in the California law will be sufficient to prevent coercion and misuse of assisted death. The idea that the elderly, the poor, the disabled, and the socially isolated will have their agency protected to freely choose not to suicide is fantasy – California dreaming on a grand scale…
If one believes for a second that the medical profession can be trusted to be effective watchdogs over all of this, I suggest revisiting the Planned Parenthood videos…
What is needed is assistance to the dying that protects their dignity and mitigates their fears in the form of more and better palliative and hospice care – not assisted dying in the form of active killing."
"Welcome to the Hotel Euthanasia," ricochet.com, Oct. 6, 2015
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:
Fellow, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, July 2014-present
Professor, Medicine, University of Maryland at Baltimore, May 2009-present
Director of Global Initiatives, University of Maryland at Baltimore, May 2009-present
Principal, The Forest's Edge Advisory Group, 2009-present
Consultant to the Vice President for Economic Development, University of Illinois, Aug. 2007-May 2009