End of Life

How we approach the ends of our lives raise several difficult and ethically challenging issues. How should we view suffering and pain? Is it ever acceptable to speed up our death? Should doctors and nurses be permitted to kill some patients? If so, which ones and when? If not, how should we care for people as they enter the last stages of life? The following are some of the places where I have examined ethical issues like these. Click on the article title to see the full text.

Assisted suicide,” debate with Dr Philip Nitschke of Exit International. Today with Pat Kenny, RTÉ Radio 1, 28 June 2013.

The two sides of assisted suicide,” with Dr Adam McCauley. DCU Staff News. February 2013.

The suffering need compassion and care – not assisted suicide.” Editorial in the Irish Independent, 11 January 2013, p. 29.

Relief … & Reminder.” Comment on court ruling to uphold ban on assisted suicide. Irish Sun, 11 January 2013, p. 7.

Dying choice?” Interview about assisted suicide on Ireland AM, TV 3, 6 May 2011.

Ethics, Euthanasia and the End of Life,” Presentation at The Forum on End of Life in Ireland, Ethics Workshop (11 November 2009).

“‘Why me, God?’ Understanding suffering,” Ethics & Medicine 15.2 (1999): 44-52.

Historical and Biblical References in Physician-Assisted Suicide Court Opinions,” Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics, and Public Policy 12.2 (1998): 473-496.

Responding to Patients in the Persistent Vegetative State,” Philosophia Christi 19.2 (Fall 1996): 55-83.

Did Paul Condone Suicide? Implications for Assisted Suicide and Active Euthanasia,” Ethics & Medicine, 12.3 (Fall 1996): 55-60.