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Spiritual life vice president to speak on physician-assisted suicide

Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center vice president for spiritual life Gerald Winslow, PhD, will speak at Loma Linda University on March 9, 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 7:00 p.m. Admission to the lecture is free.

Dr. Winslow also serves as a professor of ethics at Loma Linda University. For the past 30 years, he has specialized in teaching and writing about ethics, especially health care ethics and resource allocation. His books include Triage and Justice and Facing Limits. His articles have appeared in such journals as Western Journal of Medicine, Journal of Pediatrics, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Hastings Center Report, and General Dentistry. He has presented lectures and seminars throughout North America and in Australia, Europe, and China.

In addition to his academic work, Dr. Winslow serves as an ethics consultant to a number of health care organizations.

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 gathered an outstanding group of scholars who have spoken to the religious perspective of physician-assisted suicide at the 2006 Jack W. Provonsha Lecture Series.

The lecture on March 9, 2006, is the last presentation as part of the 10-week Jack W. Provonsha Lecture Series. Loma Linda University students may attend the lecture for credit; health care

professionals may attend the lecture 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 Jones

TODAY news for Thursday, March 9, 2006