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Ethics experts to tackle questions about legal aid-in-dying at public forum

Thursday, March 30, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Ethics experts to tackle questions about legal aid-in-dying at public forum

NEWARK, Del. — March 30, 2017 — The American Philosophical Association will host a panel discussion with six experts in medical ethics and disabilities at the Unexpected Market Theater in Seattle at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 15. Each speaker will give a brief talk on an issue associated with legal aid-in-dying, encouraging lively discussion with the audience. There is no fee to attend, and all are welcome.

Aid-in-dying is legal in Washington State, but questions about the future of a broader right to die remain unanswered. Should aid-in-dying be restricted to people who are terminally ill and can take medication themselves, as the Washington statute requires? What about those who have serious conditions that will end in death, but not within six months? Or those who are not now competent, but have advance directives? Would such expansions risk a slippery slope? Six experts from around the country will discuss these and related issues in a free, public event.

The discussion will be moderated by Margaret “Peggy” Battin of the University of Utah. Other speakers include Samuel Gorovitz, one of the founders of the field of bioethics; Bonnie Steinbock, professor emerita at SUNY/Albany; Sara Goering, Associate Professor of Philosophy and member of the Program on Values and the Disability Studies Program at the University of Washington, Seattle; Paul Menzel of Lutheran University; and Joseph Stramondo, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at San Diego University.

About the venue

The Unexpected Market Theater is located at 1428 Post Alley, in the Pike Place Market near the Seattle waterfront. The entrance to the theater is located along the iconic Gum Wall, a popular tourist stop and photo location. The theater is used for a variety of events, ranging from corporate presentations to comedy improv.

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Amy Ferrer
Executive Director


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