Last updated on: 4/2/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Patricia King, JD Biography

Title:
Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Medicine, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University
Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“While we share many of the concerns and values espoused by proponents of PAS [physician-assisted suicide] and AVE [active voluntary euthanasia], we believe that existing prohibitions on PAS and AVE should be maintained for the forseeable future. Central to our argument is the view that society does not have a sufficient understanding of how and why competent individuals are rendered vulnerable near the end-of-life.”

“Lessons for Physician-Assisted Suicide from the African-American Experience,” Physician Assisted Suicide: Expanding the Debate, 1998

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:
  • Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Medicine, Ethics, and Public Policy, Georgetown University
  • Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Hygiene and Public Health
  • Fellow, The Hastings Center
  • Member, The Harvard Corporation
  • Vice Chair, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Former Vice Chair, Russell Sage Foundation
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Member, Institute of Medicine
  • Past Member, Advisory Committee, National Institutes of Health
  • Former Advisory Board Member, President’s Commission for the Study of Ethical
  • Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research
  • Past and Founding Member, ELSI Working Group of the Human Genome Project
Education:
  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1969
  • BA, Wheaton College
Other:
  • None found