"The debate on euthanasia has been in need of a work of this quality... an indispensable source for all... "
With the Second Reading of Lord Joffe's Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Billset for 12 May, Care Not Killing has released John Keown's new publication An Examination of Physician Assisted Suicide - a detailed evaluation of the Joffe bill.
The publication draws the following conclusions:
Professor John Keown graduated in law from the University of Cambridge before taking a doctorate at the University of Oxford. He is now Rose F Kennedy Chair of Christian Ethics in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. His other publications (which have been cited by bodies including the US Supreme Court and the House of Lords) include Euthanasia Examined (1995) and Euthanasia, Ethics and Public Policy (2002), both published by Cambridge University Press.
Lord Brennan writes in the foreword: 'The debate on euthanasia has been in real need of a work of this quality. The combination of deep learning and the highest intellectual discipline make this an indispensable source for all. The reader will become factually enlightened and ethically enriched. And the debate should move to a level of serious enquiry which is essential if principle is to be protected against expediency.'