Last updated on: 4/26/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

American Ethical Union (AEU) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“WHEREAS, the American Ethical Union supports the right of each individual to make the critical decisions about his/her own life, including the right to terminate it when it is no longer bearable, and

WHEREAS, Dr. John Kevorkian has continued to provide assistance to terminally ill people who wished to die and who appealed to him for that assistance, and

WHEREAS, Dr. Kevorkian’s actions have been declared illegal by the State of Michigan under a law that is being challenged as unconstitutional,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of the American Ethical Union deplores the action of the State of Michigan with respect to Dr. John Kevorkian and urges that he be set free pending the disposition of the case challenging the constitutionality of the law the has refused to obey.”

“Dr. Kevorkian and Assisted Suicide Resolution,” aeu.org, Dec. 11, 1993

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The American Ethical Union, a religious organization, is a federation of Ethical Societies… The American Ethical Union is a religious, educational, cultural and social justice organization.”

“The American Ethical Union Mission,” aeu.org (accessed Apr. 26, 2010)

Mission:

“[The American Ethical Union] promotes the growth of the Ethical Culture movement by supporting existing Ethical Societies and fostering new ones. We recognize the unique worth of each individual, we act to elicit the best in others and in ourselves; our faith is in the human capacity to create a better world.”

“The American Ethical Union Mission,” aeu.org (accessed Apr. 26, 2010)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Did Dr. Jack Kevorkian Ethically Serve the Best Interests of His Patients?