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Margaret P. Battin, PhD Biography

Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“We [Battin and Timothy Quill] firmly believe that physician-assisted death should be one–not the only one, but one–of the last-resort options available to a patient facing a hard death. We agree that these options should include high dose pain medication if needed, cessation of life-sustaining therapy, voluntary cessation of eating and drinking, and terminal sedation. We also believe, however, that physician-assisted dying, whether it is called physician-assisted death or physician aid in dying or physician-assisted suicide, should be among the options available to paients at the end of life.”

Physician-Assisted Dying: The Case for Palliative Care & Patient Choice, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Distinguished Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Utah, 2000-present
  • Adjunct Professor, Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities, Department of
  • Internal Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine, 1990-present
  • Member, American Association of Suicidology
  • Member, American Section of the International Association for
  • Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy
  • Member, European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Health
  • Member, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
  • Member, International Academy for Suicide Research
  • Member, International Association for Bioethics
  • Member, International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement
  • Professor, University of Utah, 1988-2000
  • Associate Professor, University of Utah, July 1981-1988
  • Philosopher-in-Residence, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Winter 1981
  • Assistant Professor, University of Utah, 1977-1981
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Utah, 1975-1977
  • Instructor, Pitzer College, Fall 1974
  • PhD, Philosophy, University of California Irvine, 1976
  • MFA, Fiction Writing, University of California Irvine, 1973
  • BA, magna cum laude with Honors in Philosophy, Bryn Mawr College, 1963
  • University of Munich, 1961-1962
  • Engaged in research on active euthanasia and assisted suicide in the Netherlands
Quoted in:
  1. Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?
  2. Is a Physician ever Obligated to Help a Patient Die?
  3. Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?
  4. Is a Physician ever Obligated to Help a Patient Die?