Last updated on: 8/31/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Andrew Batavia, JD, MS Biography

Title:
Former Associate Professor of Health Law and Policy at Florida International University
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Those who oppose a right to assisted suicide predict that a substantial number of people with disabilities would be killed against their will if assisted suicide were legalized. However, there is no evidence that this has happened to people on life-support systems, who have had the right to die at least since the Cruzan decision in 1990. We believe that abuses of assisted suicide, to the extent they are now occurring behind closed doors, are less likely to continue once assisted suicide is legalized and appropriately regulated.”

“Disability and Physician-Assisted Dying,” Physician-Assisted Dying: The Case for Palliative Care & Patient Choice, 2004

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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to end-of-life issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to end-of-life.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Professor, Health Law and Policy, Florida International University
  • Former Partner, McDermott, Will & Emery
  • Helped write the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Former Associate Director, White House Domestic Policy Council under President George Bush
  • Former Legislative Assistant, Senator John McCain
  • Distinguished Scholar, Mary Switzer Fellowship Program, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, 1986 & 2001
  • Former White House Fellow
Education:
  • JD, Harvard Law School
  • MS, Stanford University Medical School
  • BA, University of California
Other:
  • Born in 1958
  • Died in 2003