ZYGO: Medically Assisted Suicide for Mentally Ill Patients: Ethically Impermissible, Acceptable, or Obligatory?

Friday, October 28, 2016 at 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC), 227
Los Angeles, CA 90089

The California End of Life Option Act, often referred to as the "Right to Die Bill," signed by Governor Brown in October 2015, went into effect on June 9, 2016. The bill allows for physician aid in dying for terminally ill patients seeking suicide. Similar bills already exist in Oregon, Washington, Vermont, and Montana, and in several other countries including Belgium, Canada, and Columbia. Two other countries—Luxembourg and the Netherlands—also allow the practice but have notably different standards when evaluating terminal illness: both countries recognize mental illness as a possibly fatal disease. These laws are, understandably, controversial. They introduce the hard questions. When is aid in dying ethically permissible or even ethically obligatory? How much autonomy is too much to grant a patient? What is the role of a doctor? Speakers on this panel will discuss these questions and address this topic through the lenses of bioethics, neurobiology, and law.

Austin Roy, 
Progressive Degree Student, Philosophy, Cognitive Science, and Communication Management, Levan Undergrad Fellow


Wendy Kohlhase, Clinical Bioethicist, Huntington Hospital, Methodist Hospital, USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital, and Valley Presbyterian Hospital 

Michael Shapiro, Dorothy W. Nelson Professor of Law, USC Gould School of Law

Jacob Ross, Associate Professor of Philosophy, USC Dornsife

Event Type

Lecture / Talk / Workshop, Event Highlights


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus


employees, featured, Dornsife

Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics
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