Senior Research Scholar and President Emeritus at the Hastings Center
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"This path to peaceful dying rests on the illusion that a society can safely put in the hands of physicians the power directly and deliberately to take life, euthanasia, or to assist patients in taking their own life, physician-assisted suicide... It threatens to add still another sad chapter to an already sorry human history of giving one person the liberty to take the life of another. It perpetuates and pushes to an extreme the very ideology of control--the goal of mastering life and death--that created the problems of modern medicine in the first place. Instead of changing the medicine that generates the problem of an intolerable death (which, in almost all cases, good palliative medicine could do), allowing physicians to kill or provide the means to take one's own life simply treats the symptoms, all the while reinforcing, and driving us more deeply into, an ideology of control."
The Case Against Assisted Suicide: For the Right to End-of-Life Care, 2004
Experts 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:
Senior Research Scholar and President Emeritus, Hastings Center
Former Director of International Programs, Hastings Center
Fellow, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University, 2004-Present
Senior Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Yale University, 2004-Present
Senior Lecturer, Harvard Medical School, 1998-Present
Doctor of Humane Letters (Honorary), Oregon State University, 1997
Visiting Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, 1996
President and Co-Founder, The Hastings Center, 1969-1996
Executive Committee, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 1990-1996
Honorary Professor, Charles University Medical School, Prague, Czech Republic, 1996
Advisory Committee on Scientific Integrity, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1991-1992
Consultant, Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences, 1992-1998
Advisory Editor, Ethics in Science and Medicine, 1975-Present
Editorial Advisory Board, Advanced Studies in Professional Ethics, 1986-Present
Advisory Board, Medical Humanities Review, 1986-Present
Board of Editors, Journal of Medicine, Ethics and Law, 1987-Present