Today at 6:45 PM EST, watch the free live stream from Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates with arguments for and against: Legalize Assisted Suicide
About the debate:
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?
Arguing for the motion:
- Andrew Solomon, Prof. of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University
- Philosopher Peter Singer, Prof. of Bioethics at Princeton University
Arguing against the motion:
- Baroness Ilora Finlay, President of the British Medical Association
- Dr. Daniel Sulmasy, Member of the Presidential Bioethics Commission