Hot Topics: Cool Talk - Is Physician-Assisted Suicide an Act of Mercy?

CLE hosted by the Murphy Institute.

Date & Time:

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM




University of St. Thomas School of Law
Room 235

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Is Physician-Assisted Suicide an Act of Mercy?


Jennifer Lahl is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and theAmerican Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She serves on the North American Editorial Board for Ethics and Medicine and on the Board of Reference for Joni Eareckson Tada’s Institute on Disability.

David MayoDavid Mayo is a board member of the Death with Dignity National Center and Professor Emertus of Philosophy and former Faculty Associate of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Mayo is the co-author of Suicide: The Philosophical Issues (St. Martin's Press, 1980) and has also served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Suicidology.  In 1985 he was a Visiting Exxon Fellow in Clinical Medical Ethics at the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Baylor College of Medicine and has held Visiting Scholar appointments at both Macalester College and the School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.  


Fr. Daniel Griffith serves as fellow and chaplain of the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy and executive fellow of the Holloran Center for Ethics in the Professions at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.  He is also pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Minneapolis.

The Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy is pleased to present Hot Topics: Cool Talk, a unique series that fearlessly explores Catholic positions and other perspectives on provocative issues of law and politics.  In light of Pope Francis' "Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy" set to begin December 8, 2015, the theme for this year's topics centers on questions of justice and mercy such as narcotics sentencing reforms, physician-assisted suicide, marriage and divorce, debt relief, and hate speech and forgiveness.  The schedule of upcoming programs can be found on the Murphy Institute's website here.

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