Last updated on: 9/4/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Jasper Emmering, MD Biography

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

“I support legal euthanasia for a number of reasons. First comes the principle of sovereignty of the individual over his own body. Then there is a practical matter: the moral distinction between abstaining from life-saving treatment, palliative sedation and euthanasia is very murky, for me it doesn’t exist at all. Therefore it makes no sense that the first two are legal while the third is not.

Lastly, I think that ‘involuntary euthanasia’ (euthanasia without the patient’s permission, i.e. murder) may very well be more common in countries where doctors can go to jail just for suggesting euthanasia as an option. Of course there’s no data on this, but my common sense tells me that when the doctor is not afraid to ask, you don’t have to be afraid that he’ll do it without asking.”

June 9, 2007 email to ProCon.org

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:
  • Research Physician
  • Blogger, Hollandaise: Home of Total Blogging, Holland, The Netherlands
Education:
  • MD, University of Amsterdam, 2000
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?
  2. Is Euthanasia Acceptable for Severely Ill Infants?