Professor of Ethics, Science, and the Environment in the Department of Philosophy at Oregon State University
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"I am opposed to the legalization of voluntary euthanasia for terminally ill patients as administered by physicians (it goes without saying I would opposed involuntary euthanasia as well). While I respect and advocate for patients to have control and dignity in dying, it is contrary to the vocation of medicine to intentionally hasten or cause death. In all cases (medical or non-medical), taking human life should be a last resort, and until our society has given appropriate attention to pain control, hospice care, and advance directive, we will not have met the criteria of last resort with respect to legalized euthanasia. I accept refusal or non-treatment of patients with terminal conditions wherein the underlying cause of death is a disease or organic pathology."
Email correspondence with ProCon.org, May 16, 2007
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 and Director, Program for Ethics, Science, and the Environment, Department of Philosophy, Oregon State University, Fall 1990-Present
Thomas R. Meehan Excellence in Teaching Award for contributions to undergraduate instruction, Oct. 2000