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Rita Marker, JD Biography

Executive Director of the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“Euthanasia and assisted suicide are not private acts. Rather, they involve one person facilitating the death of another. This is a matter of very public concern since it can lead to tremendous abuse, exploitation and erosion of care for the most vulnerable people among us.

Euthanasia and assisted suicide are not about giving rights to the person who dies but, instead, they are about changing public policy so that doctors or others can directly and intentionally end or participate in ending another person’s life. Euthanasia and assisted suicide are not about the right to die. They are about the right to kill.”

“Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide: Frequently Asked Questions,”, (accessed June 2006)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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:
  • Executive Director, International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
  • Practicing Attorney
  • Former Adjunct Professor of Political Science & Ethics, University of Steubenville, Ohio
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, California Bar Association
  • Member, DC Bar Association
  • Member, National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
  • JD, Northwestern California University School of Law
  • BA, Seattle University
  • None Found
Quoted in:
  1. Are Living Wills a Good Idea?
  2. Would Financial Motivations Encourage Insurance Companies and Health Care Providers to Promote Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide?