Last updated on: 7/26/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

JJ Hanson Biography

Title:
Former President of Patients' Rights Action Fund
Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“When assisted suicide becomes accepted public policy it threatens the lives of everyone, especially the poor, elderly, mentally ill, disabled, and terminally ill. Why? Well, for starters, abuse is unavoidable and doctors are fallible. Assisted suicide policy also injects government insurers and private insurance companies with financial incentives into every single person’s end of life decisions… It is time to come together as a nation to reject assisted suicide policy and protect the vulnerable, because one day you might be among them.”

“Assisted Suicide Laws Will Pressure Poor, Elderly, and Depressed to Die,” thehill.com, Sep. 27, 2017

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Former President, Patients’ Rights Action Fund
  • Former Board Member, Voices Against Brain Cancer
  • Former Member, Sullivan County Charter Commission and Knights of Columbus
  • Former Founder, New York Alliance Against Suicide
  • Former Founder, You Can’t Hurt Steel Community Foundation
  • Former Project Director and Operations Manager, Avesta Communities
  • Former Volunteer Firefighter, Yulan, Stone Ridge, and Pensacola Fire Departments
  • Former Member, Beaverbrook Rod and Gun Club
  • Former Board Member, Boys and Girls Club of Orange and Sullivan Counties
  • Former Deputy Budget Director and Former Budget Director/Deputy County Executive, Michael P. Hein, Ulster County
  • Former Aide, New York Governors Spitzer and Paterson
  • Retired Captain, US Marine Corps
  • Former Company Executive Officer, US Marine Corps
  • Former Platoon Commander, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Pacific Region, US Marine Corps
  • Former Infantry Officer, Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, US Marine Corps
Education:
  • BA, Political Science and International Studies, Wilkes University, 2003
Other:
  • Hanson was diagnosed with a Grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme (a terminal brain cancer tumor) in May 2014. He died on December 30, 2017 at the age of 36, leaving behind his wife, Kristen, and sons, James and Lucas.
Quoted in:
  1. Would Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS) Encourage the Healthcare Industry to Promote PAS, Endangering Vulnerable Groups?