• REC16-4-08  “Aid in Dying” and the Ethics of Physician-Assisted Suicide

“Aid in dying” legislative proposals have defined the American public debate in various states, most recently in California with Senate Bill 128. The conversation, and the ethical challenge it entails, is here to stay, quite independent of its unsure legal trajectory. The challenge must be met by competent response on the part of the Catholic community. Far from demonizing the understandable appeal of a “good death,” we work to unmask the hidden premises of legislative proposals favoring “aid in dying,” their impact upon medicine’s understanding of the physician-patient relationship, and society’s commitment to the care of the elderly and the sick.

Roberto Dell’Oro, PhD

Dr. Roberto Dell’Oro is Director of the Bioethics Institute and a Professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He has written three books, translated two from German and is published in national and international journals. Dr. Dell’Oro has presented papers on bioethical issues at the Pontifical Academy for Life and the 2014 International Conference on Autism, organized by the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers under the auspices of Pope Francis.

REC16-4-08 “Aid in Dying” and the Ethics of Physician-Assisted Suicide

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