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Nat Hentoff Biography

Columnist at The Village Voice
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“The 20th century was the most lethal in recorded history… But in this new millennium there will be threats to the existence of anyone considered to have a life not worth living—whose ‘quality’ of life is so inferior that it will burden both relatives and the society as a whole, financially and emotionally…

‘Defective’ infants and deeply depressed older people are already being euthanized in the Netherlands, and the doctors who kill them are not being punished. In Oregon, the first place in this country to legalize assisted suicide, euthanasia is not far behind. Many doctors around the nation agree that ‘compassionate’ ending of ‘futile’ lives by direct injection is beneficial to all concerned…

On October 17, 1933, The New York Times reported from Berlin that the German Ministry of Justice intended to authorize physicians ‘to end the suffering of incurable patients, upon request, in the interests of true humanity.’

This was a prelude to the Nazi concentration camps.”

“Doctor Death A Newborn Is Not a Person,” The Village Voice, Feb. 2000

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Columnist, The Village Voice
  • Board of Advisors, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
  • Expert in the area of First Amendment defense
  • Expert on the Bill of Rights, the Supreme Court, student rights, and education
  • Staff Writer at The New Yorker for 25 years
  • Has written for The New York Times, the New Republic, Commonweal, and the Atlantic
  • Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Northeastern University, 1985
  • Guggenheim Fellowship in Education, 1980
  • American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award, 1980
  • Fulbright Fellow, Sorbonne, 1950
  • American Studies Doctoral Program, Harvard University (Incomplete)
  • BA, Northeastern University
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