Former Medical Director at the United Nations and current Coordinator of the Society for Old Age Rational Suicide (SOARS)
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"The right to die should be a matter of personal choice.
We are able to choose all kinds of things in life from who we marry to what kind of work we do and I think when one comes to the end of one's life, whether you have a terminal illness or whether you're elderly, you should have a choice about what happens to you...
I’m pro life - I want to live as long as I possibly can, but l also believe the law should be changed to let anyone with some severe medical condition which is causing unbearable symptoms to have an assisted suicide. I wouldn't want to be unnecessarily kept alive against my own will."
Michael Irwin, "Euthanasia: The Right to Die Should Be a Matter of Personal Choice," Mirror, Aug. 19, 2013
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:
Founder and Coordinator, Society for Old Age Rational Suicide (SOARS), 2009-present
Director, Right-to-Die Europe, 2011-2013
Coordinator, Secular Medical Forum, 2006-2008
Former Chair, Voluntary Euthanasia Society (now Dignity in Dying)
Treasurer, World Federation of Right-to-Die Societies, 2008-2012
Recipient, Secularist of the Year Award, 2005
President, World Federation of Right-to-Die Societies, 2002-2004