Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Medical Ethics and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"[P]ain relief being so effective today, [assisted suicide and euthanasia] are unnecessary; their vaunted expression of autonomy is dubious at best; they are erosive of confidence in the physician's intention; they are not private acts; they devalue the lives of the impaired infant, the elderly, the chronically ill; and they desensitize physicians and the whole society to killing and thus distort the idea of compassion and altruism; they deviate energies away from the relief of suffering which, other than physical pain, is the reason patients desperately ask for death as the exit.
The case against assisted suicide and euthanasia... can be rejected because they violate the first principle of medical ethics- benevolence in helping, healing, and alleviating pain and suffering. The putative benevolence of intentional killing is illusory, not in the interest of the patient, and deleterious to societal good."
"Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: Rebuttals of Rebuttals - The Moral Prohibition Remains," Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 2001
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:
Professor Emeritus, Medicine and Medical Ethics, and Adjunct Professor, Philosophy, Georgetown University
Senior Fellow, Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity
Member, International Bioethics Committee, United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 2004-present
Master, American College of Physicians
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Member, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences
Director, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, 1983-1989
Former Director, Center for the Advanced Study of Ethics and Center for Clinical Bioethics, Georgetown University
Former Chairman, President's Council on Bioethics
Former Director, Center for Clinical Bioethics
Founding Editor, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy
Recipient, Benjamin Rush Award, American Medical Association
Recipient, Abraham Flexner Award, Association of American Medical Colleges
Recipient, Laetare Award, University of Notre Dame
Recipient, Beecher Award for Life Achievement in Bioethics, Hastings Center
Recipient of 47 honorary degrees
MD, New York University, 1944
BS, summa cum laude, St. John's University, 1941
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