Last updated on: 5/21/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Ross Douthat Biography

Title:
Op-Ed Columnist for the New York Times
Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“There are many good reasons to oppose assisted suicide. It transforms a healing profession into a killing profession. It encourages relatives to see a loved one’s slow death as a problem to be solved, rather than a trial to be accepted. And as Emanuel noted in his 1997 essay, its ‘beneficiaries’ are far more likely to be suffering from psychological distress than unbearable physical pain.

But in the profligate, Promethean United States, it probably won’t lead to rationing-by-euthanasia. It’s just as likely to become one more ‘intervention’ that we insist every health insurance plan should cover – on our way, perhaps, to a rendezvous with fiscal suicide.”

“A More Perfect Death,” New York Times, Sep. 7, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Op-Ed Columnist, New York Times, 2009-present
  • Film Critic, National Review
  • Senior Editor, The Atlantic, 2007-2009
  • Blogger, theatlantic.com, 2007-2009
  • Former Blogger, theamericanscene.com
  • Former Columnist, Harvard Crimson
  • Former President, Harvard Salient
Education:
  • Graduated from Harvard University, 2002, degree unknown
Other:
  • None found