Last updated on: 7/11/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Annette Childs, PhD Biography

Title:
Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Author
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“I am a passionate advocate of Death with Dignity type legislation. A passionate advocate not because I believe we should be rushing people off to the grave or because I do not respect the sanctity of life. My strong advocacy comes from knowing what a powerful medicine a sense of control over one’s destiny imparts. In today’s world of palliative medicine, physical suffering at the end of life can very often be avoided. But there is another type of suffering, which in my viewpoint, is even worse. It is called anticipatory suffering, and it includes the depression and anxiety that accompanies fear of death and fear of what is believed to be the inevitable suffering that comes with end of life. Death is perhaps the most personal intimate event of any lifetime — and fear is a horrible form of suffering. For those who fear a prolonged and/or suffering death, this type of legislation provides a potent medicine. Opponents focus on the actual end of life medications and how they could be misused, when the thing we may be better served to focus on is the placebo effect that occurs for those who never take the medications — but find their suffering relieved by the simple knowing that they have a choice.”

“Nevada’s Death with Dignity Bill Would Ease Fears: Annette Childs,” rgi.com, May 18, 2017

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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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:
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Diplomat of the American Psychotherapy Association
  • Fellow in Thanatology, Grief, and Bereavement
  • Member, Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology
Education:
  • PhD, Psychology, school unknown, 1997
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?