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Renowned doctor Ben Carson to speak on physician-assisted suicide

Ben Carson, MD
Ben Carson, MD
Nationally renowned physician Ben Carson, MD, will speak at Loma Linda University on March 2, 2006, on the subject of physician-assisted suicide. The lecture, part of the Jack Provonsha Lecture Series, will be held at the University Church of Seventh-day Adventists on the Loma Linda University campus at 5:30 p.m. Admission to the lecture is free.

Dr. Carson completed his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, before acting as the senior registrar in neurosurgery at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Western Australia. As the director of the division of pediatric neurosurgery and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Craniofacial Center, Dr. Carson is a leading physician in his highly specialized field. In 1987, Dr. Carson made medical history with an operation to separate conjoined twins. A 70-member surgical team, led by Dr. Carson, worked for 22 hours, successfully separating the twins. Active in research programs as well as clinical practice, Dr. Carson is also known for his three best-selling books, Gifted Hands, Think Big, and The Big Picture.

In February 2005, California legislators introduced assembly bill 654, the California Compassionate Choice Act, shaped in the image of Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act. Although the bill was recently sent back to committee, this legislation was written with the intent to move Californian society in the direction of allowing physicians to help patients end their lives. Several questions arose from this: Do we want our society to move in this direction? Could there be reasonable Christian arguments to support this legislation? What of other religious perspectives on this issue?

With these questions in mind, the Center for Christian Bioethics has gathered an outstanding group of scholars who will speak to the religious perspective of physician-assisted suicide at the 2006 Jack W. Provonsha Lecture Series.

The 10-week Jack W. Provonsha Lecture Series will meet each Thursday evening with the final series held March 9, 2006. Loma Linda University students may attend the lectures for credit; health care professionals may attend the lectures for continuing education purposes; and community members may attend the lectures purely out of interest in the topic, at no cost to themselves.

By Dustin R. Jones, MA

TODAY news for Thursday, February 23, 2006