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Senate Bill 128 Debates: Problems with Legalizing Physician Assisted Suicide

Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the Program in Medical Ethics, UC Irvine School of Medicine
  • Senate Bill 128 Debates: Problems with Legalizing Physician Assisted Suicide
  • 2015-08-04T12:00:00-07:00
  • 2015-08-04T13:00:00-07:00
  • Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the Program in Medical Ethics, UC Irvine School of Medicine
When
Aug 04, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
Where
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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916-445-5100
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Senate Bill 128 Debates: Problems with
Legalizing Physician Assisted Suicide
Aaron Kheriaty

Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Director Program in Medical Ethics!
University of California, Irvine


California is currently in the midst of intense public debates regarding SB 128, a bill which would legalize physician assisted suicide, modeled on the law in Oregon. The latest wave of support has been fueled by the widely publicized case of Brittany Maynard, a young woman with terminal cancer who moved last year from California to Oregon in order to end her life by this means. However, concerns about legalizing this practice in California have been raised by a diverse coalition of stakeholders, including disability rights organizations, medical professionals, faith-based groups, healthcare advocates and community activists.

This lecture will focus on problems with SB 128 from theperspective of a psychiatrist and medical ethicist, examining some of the adverse consequences of legalizing physician assisted suicide for patients, the practice of medicine, and society.

Aaron Kheriaty is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Program in Medical Ethics at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine. He serves as chairman of the clinical ethics committee at UCI Medical Center. Dr. Kheriaty graduated from the University of Notre Dame in philosophy and pre-medical sciences, and earned his MD degree from Georgetown University. On the issue of assisted suicide and SB 128, he has published articles in the Wall Street Journal, the Orange County Register, and First Things, and has conducted televised debates and radio interviews on NPR, NBC Los Angeles, CBS Los Angeles, and Fusion. Dr. Kheriaty was invited to speak on this issue to the California Medical Association. He testified before the Senate Health Committee on SB 128, and his work was cited on the Senate floor during the debates.

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