Last updated on: 6/4/2008 | Author:

Fran Moreland Johns, MFA Biography

Co-Chair of the Board for the Northern California chapter of Compassion & Choices
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“My reasoning for opposing legalized euthanasia in the U.S. is twofold: (a) Given our current healthcare system, the legalization of one person’s right to end the life of another risks inviting abuse; and (b) Given the unfortunate state of healthcare insurance coverage that risk is even greater. I don’t see myself changing my opinion on legal euthanasia unless universal healthcare and a more equitable healthcare system in general were a reality — and even then I would have reservations.

While I cannot support, for those reasons, legal euthanasia in the U.S., I am strongly in favor of legalizing the right of a terminally ill, mentally competent adult to request physician assistance in hastening his or her own death. It is a matter of choice. I believe strongly that the right to control one’s own final days should be unequivocal and certainly legal. For me, the issue is one of choice.”

Email to Euthanasia, Jan. 28, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Co-Chair of the Board, Northern California chapter, Compassion & Choices
  • Hospice volunteer
  • Volunteer with AIDS groups and the elderly
  • Steering Committee Member, San Francisco Bay Area Network for End-of-Life Care
  • MFA, Short Fiction, University of San Francisco
  • BA, Art, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is the Opposition to Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide Primarily Religious in Nature?