Last updated on: 7/12/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Gary Comstock, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of Philosophy at North Carolina State University
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“It seems the medical community has few options to offer parents of newborns likely to die. We can leave our babies on respirators and hope for the best. Or remove the hose and watch the child die a tortured death. Shouldn’t we have another choice? Shouldn’t we be allowed the swift humane option afforded the owners of dogs, a lethal dose of a painkiller?

For years you repress the thought. Then, early one morning, remembering again those last minutes, you realize that the repugnant has become reasonable. The unthinkable has become the right, the good. Painlessly. Quickly. With the assistance of a trained physician.

You should have killed your baby.”

“You Should Not Have Let Your Baby Die,” nytimes.com, July 12, 2017

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of Philosophy, North Carolina State University
  • Former Director, Research and Professional Ethics Program, NC State Program
  • Former Assistant, Associate, and Professor, Religious Studies, Iowa State University
  • Editor-in-Chief, On the Human, National Humanities Center, 2009-2012
  • ASC Fellow, National Humanities Center, 2007-2009
  • Former Director, OpenSeminar in Research Ethics
Education:
  • PhD, University of Chicago
  • BA, Wheaton College
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Euthanasia Acceptable for Severely Ill Infants?