Last updated on: 7/2/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

John J. Paris, PhD Biography

Title:
Walsh Professor of Bioethics at Boston College
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“For 400 years the Roman Catholic moral tradition has said that one is not obliged to use disproportionately burdensome measures to sustain life…

Fifteen years of maintaining a woman [on a feeding tube] I’d say is disproportionately burdensome, yes.”

“No Moral Sense,” Newsweek, Mar. 26, 2005

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:
  • Walsh Professor of Bioethics, Boston College
  • Former consultant, President’s Commission for the Study of Ethics in Medicine
  • Former consultant, the United States Senate Committee on Aging
  • Former consultant, Congressional Office of Technology Assessment
  • Expert witness, In re Quinlan
  • Catholic priest
Education:
  • PhD, University of Southern California
  • MA, University of Southern California
  • PhL, Weston College
  • AM, Harvard University
  • BS, MA, Boston College
Other:
  • None found