KIE Scholars Respond to Proposed Aid-in-Dying Laws

KIE Acting Director and Andre Hellegers Professor of Biomedical Ethics Dr. Daniel Sulmasy and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Christian Ethics John Keown both responded to new efforts to change assisted dying laws.

In the United States, the state of New Jersey recently enacted anĀ Aid-in-Dying law where clinicians can prescribe pills to terminally ill patients. Although some celebrate the law, others in the bioethics community voice concerns. Dr. Sulmasy states, “Simply put, the legalization of assisted suicide represents, in my view, bad medicine, bad ethics and bad policy…This is society saying that if you are dependent, if you’re disfigured, if you are shunned by other people, if you feel like you’ve lost your autonomy, then your life can be judged to be not worth living.” Read the full article here.

In the United Kingdom, Prof. John Keown advances that there is no need to change assisted dying laws. He asks if assisted dying is a fundamental human right, then why should it be limited to either those who are ‘terminally ill’ or facing incurable suffering’. Read more here.