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Legalize Assisted Suicide

November 14, 2014

In 1994, Oregon voters passed the Death with Dignity Act, which legalized physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. Since then, it has become legal in 4 more states, including New Mexico, where the state court ruling that it is constitutional is under appeal. Is it, in the words of the American Medical Association’s code of ethics, “fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer”? Will these laws lead to a slippery slope, where the vulnerable are pressured to choose death and human life is devalued? Or do we need to recognize everyone’s basic right to autonomy, the right to end pain and suffering, and the right to choose to die with dignity?

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Legalize Assisted Suicide

November 13, 2014

In 1994, Oregon voters passed the Death with Dignity Act, which legalized physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. Since then, it has become legal in 4 more states, including New Mexico, where the state court ruling that it is constitutional is under appeal. Is it, in the words of the American Medical Association’s code of ethics, “fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer”? Will these laws lead to a slippery slope, where the vulnerable are pressured to choose death and human life is devalued? Or do we need to recognize everyone’s basic right to autonomy, the right to end pain and suffering, and the right to choose to die with dignity?

Assisted Suicide: Death with dignity, or life devalued?

November 10, 2014

A lot of times, our debate topics intersect with stories in the news, as covered by, say, The Economist, or Foreign Policy, or The New York Times. This week, however, it is People magazine that may give the best, and most visceral, preview of what we'll be debating on Thursday, when our motion will be: "Legalize Assisted Suicide."

Legalize Assisted Suicide

October 28, 2014

From the Panel

  • For: ANDREW SOLOMON

  • On My Mother, and Dr. Kevorkian
    Andrew Solomon, The New Yorker, June 4, 2011To allow her to die as she wished, we had to lie, and cheat, and break the law, and that behavior was antithetical to the way we had and have lived.
  • A Death of One’s Own
    Andrew Solomon, The New Yorker, May 1995Is it right to want to die? The author came to his own conclusion when his ailing mother decided that she had had enough.
  • Liberty and the Right to Die in America
    Andrew Solomon, PBS Frontline, November 13, 2012Just as my marrying my husband doesn’t damage the marriages of straight people, so people who end their lives with assistance do not threaten the lives or decisions of other people.

  • For: PETER SINGER

  • Decisions about Death
    Peter Singer, Free Inquiry, August/September, 2005If beings are capable of making choices, we should, other things being equal, allow them to decide whether or not their lives are worth living.
  • Big Ideas and Big Society
    Q&A, ABC, August 13, 2012Peter Singer answers questions on the ethics of euthanasia in this panel discussion held in Australia.
  • A Death of One’s Own
    Peter Singer, Project Syndicate, December 15, 2011Why, when it comes to dying, do democratic institutions so often fail to translate what people want into legislation?
  • Ethics in an Age of Darwin
    D.J. Grothe, Point of Inquiry, November 7, 2008In this conversation with D.J. Grothe, Peter Singer explores how controversial or compatible his views are with religious thought and in what sense his ethics is informed by a naturalistic or Darwinian understanding of the origins of life.
  • Law Reform, or DIY Suicide
    Peter Singer, Free Inquiry, February-March 2005The state should not prevent people who are terminally or incurably ill from ending their lives when they see fit, as long as they have reached a considered decision about this. Who else can make a better judgment about when life is worth living than the person whose life it is?
  • Against: BARONESS ILORA FINLAY

  • No Decision about Me without Me
    Ilora Finlay, British Journal of General Practice, September 2013We are dealing with an issue here which goes to the heart of medicine, namely, whether doctors should be licensed by law to involve themselves in aiding and abetting the suicides of patients.
  • Mum Wanted to Die, But Convincing Her to Live Gave Us Both a Gift Beyond Measure...
    Ilora Finlay, The Daily Mail, March 19, 2010I will never regret that our law protected her; preventing her from ending her life when she was vulnerable to despair.
  • A Question of Public Safety
    Ilora Finlay and Alex Carlile, Living and Dying Well, April 24, 2011A fundamental reappraisal is needed of the concept of safeguards for ‘assisted dying.’
  • Legal Physician-Assisted Suicide in Oregon and the Netherlands: Evidence Concerning the Impact on Patients in Vulnerable Groups – Another Perspective on Oregon’s Data
    Ilora Finlay and Rob George, Journal of Medical Ethics, February 2011We challenge the underlying assumptions and the methodology chosen by Battin et al in their 2007 examination of PAS risks among vulnerable groups.
  • Assisting Suicide Is No Therapy
    Ilora Finlay, The Nordic Journal of Palliative Care, April 1, 2008Recent proposals for legalisation in the UK do not pass the ‘real world’ test of clinical practice and terminal suffering, and their so-called safeguards are paper-thin.
  • ‘Assisted Suicide’: Is This What We Really Want?
    Ilora Finlay, British Journal of General Practice, September 2005If the law on intentional killing is altered to allow physician-assisted suicide/euthanasia, every clinician looking after sick patients will inevitably be involved at some time. Would you be willing to administer the lethal injection? If not, don’t expect others to.
  • Living and Dying Well
    Founded in 2010 by Lord Carlile of Berriew QC and Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, Living and Dying Well (LDW) researches and analyses the evidence surrounding the end-of-life debate.

  • Against: DR. DANIEL SULMASY

  • Physician-Assisted Suicide
    Lois Snyder, JD, and Daniel P. Sulmasy, OFM, MD, PhD, for the Ethics and Human Rights Committee, American College of Physicians–American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP–ASIM), 2001Legalization would undermine the patient–physician relationship and the trust necessary to sustain it; alter the medical profession’s role in society; and endanger the value our society places on life, especially on the lives of disabled, incompetent, and vulnerable individuals.
  • Internal Medicine: End of Life Ethics with Dr. Daniel Sulmasy, O.F.M.
    U.S. Catholic, November 2010The debate about death with dignity needs the wisdom of the Catholic spiritual tradition, says physician and bioethicist Dr. Daniel Sulmasy.
  • Death, Dignity, and the Theory of Value
    Daniel P. Sulmasy, Ethical Perspectives, 2002The word ‘dignity’ arises continuously in the debate over euthanasia and assisted suicide, both in Europe and in North America. Unlike the phrases ‘autonomy’ and ‘slippery slope’, ‘dignity’ is used by those on both sides of the question.
  • Control in the Context of Illness: A Catholic Perspective
    Daniel Sulmasy, The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, September 17, 2004Some physicians' sense of helplessness when they cannot cure, when the disease is beyond their control, can be coupled with the belief that control gives life its meaning. Sharing these beliefs with their patients, they offer them euthanasia and assisted suicide.
  • Ethical Issues in Care at the End of Life
    Dr. Daniel Sulmasy, Boston College, February 5, 2009At the annual LaBrecque Medical Ethics Lecture, Dr. Daniel Sulmasy discusses the application of traditional Catholic ethical principles to issues surrounding end-of-life care.

ARTICLES FOR & AGAINST

  • AGAINST

  • Opinion 2.211: Physician-Assisted Suicide
    American Medical Association Code of Medical Ethics, Updated June 1996Physician-assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose serious societal risks.
  • Doctor-Assisted Suicide Is Unethical and Dangerous
    Ira Byock, Room for Debate, New York Times, October 6, 2014Holland shows how such measures get out of control. While the state of dying in America is outrageous, two wrongs don't make a right.
  • Killing the Pain Not the Patient: Palliative Care vs Assisted Suicide
    Richard M. Doerflinger and Carlos F. Gomez, M.D., Ph.D., U.S. Conference of Catholic BishopsIn short, pain control and other elements of palliative care must be clearly distinguished from intentional killing of patients.
  • Legalizing Euthanasia or Assisted Suicide: The Illusion of Safeguards and Controls
    J. Pereira, MBChB MSc, Current Oncology, April 2011Legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide therefore places many people at risk, affects the values of society over time, and does not provide controls and safeguards.
  • Killing Us Softly: The Dangers of Legalizing Assisted Suicide
    Marilyn Golden and Tyler Zoanni, Disability and Health Journal, January 2010The disability community’s opposition to assisted suicide stems in part from factors that directly impact the disability community as well as all of society./span>
  • What Right to Die?
    Jeffrey Rosen, New Republic, June 24, 1996The judicial discovery of a sweeping constitutional right to die is analytically unconvincing and politically indefensible.

RELATED ARTICLES & LINKS

Dr. Daniel Sulmasy

July 29, 2014

Dr. Daniel Sulmasy is the Kilbride-Clinton Professor of Medicine and Ethics in the Department of Medicine and Divinity School at the University of Chicago, where he serves as Associate Director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics and as Director of the Program on Medicine and Religion. He received his AB and MD degrees from Cornell University and holds a PhD in philosophy from Georgetown University. Sulmasy was appointed to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues by President Obama in 2010. His research interests encompass both theoretical and empirical investigations of the ethics of end-of-life decision-making, ethics education, and spirituality in medicine. He is the author or editor of six books, including Safe Passage: A Global Spiritual Sourcebook for Care at the End of Life (2014). He also serves as editor-in-chief of the journal, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics.

Baroness Ilora Finlay

July 29, 2014

Baroness Ilora Finlay, a leading palliative care physician, is president of the British Medical Association (2014-15), president of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, and is a past president of the Royal Society of Medicine. She has led Palliative Care Strategy Implementation in Wales since 2008, and chaired the Welsh Medical and Dental Academic Advisory Board since 2012. Finlay was a general practitioner in inner city Glasgow before returning to Cardiff to work full-time in care of the terminally ill. She works at the Velindre Cancer Centre, covering SE Wales when clinically on call. Finlay started the Marie Curie Hospice in Wales and since 2008 has responsibility on behalf of Welsh Government for strategic oversight of all hospice and palliative care services in Wales. Since 2001, Finlay has been an Independent Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords.

Andrew Solomon

July 29, 2014

Andrew Solomon is a writer, lecturer, and a professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University. Solomon's newest book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (2012), won the National Book Critics Circle award for nonfiction and was chosen as one of the New York Times “Ten Best Books” of 2012. Solomon’s previous book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression (2001) won the National Book Award for nonfiction and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is a director of the University of Michigan Depression Center and Columbia Psychiatry; a member of the board of visitors of Columbia University Medical Center, of the national advisory board of the Depression Center at the University of Michigan, and on the advisory board of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. In 2011, he was appointed special advisor on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Mental Health at the Yale School of Psychiatry.

Peter Singer

August 14, 2012

Peter Singer is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. He specializes in applied ethics and approaches ethical issues from a secular, preference utilitarian perspective. Professor Singer is well-known for his book, Animal Liberation, a canonical text in animal rights/liberation theory. From 2005 on, Professor Singer has also held the part-time position of Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.

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