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Authority to Kill: The Human Choice to Euthanize Humans and Other Animals
Friday, March 28, 12:30-2 PM | The Fishbowl (URC)
Organized by the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study
In both research and veterinary medicine, humans have been given the right to decide when it is humane for an animal to be put down. However, the same is not the case with other human beings, as evidenced by the debate about human euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS). While some countries have legalized PAS, the United States remains in doubt about giving patients the “right to die” and doctors the authority to euthanize them as per their wishes. It is out of this debate that legal documents such as the advanced directives have arisen. This seminar will seek to explore the perspectives on both animal and human euthanasia and discuss if, and under what circumstances, human beings have the authority to kill.
Moderator: Isabella Wu, ZYGO Program Manager, Levan Scholar, and Dornsife Undergraduate
Alex Capron, University Professor, USC Gould School of Law,Scott H. Bice Chair in Healthcare Law, Policy and Ethics, Professor of Law and Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, Co-Director, Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics
Ilanit Brook, MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics and Palliative Care, Keck School of Medicine
Jim Burklo, Associate Dean, USC Office of Religious Life
William DePaolo, Assistant Professor, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Keck School of Medicine
Program Director: Pavitra Krishnamani, Levan Graduate Fellow