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Ben Rich, Endowed Chair of Bioethics, Professor of Internal Medicine, University of California, Davis
Mar 18, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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Aid-in Dying Legislation in California:
Has Its Hour Come ‘Round at Last?
Ben Rich
Endowed Chair of Bioethics
Professor of Internal Medicine
University of California, Davis

.SB 128, The End of Life Option Act recently introduced by Senators Wolk and Monning, would enable willing physicians to provide qualified terminally ill patients with a prescription for medication they can use to bring about a peaceful death. The legislation would create a legal structure for this process similar to those in Oregon, Washington, and Vermont. In this presentation we will consider the insights gained from the experience in Oregon and Washington and the extent to which they might serve to allay the abiding concerns of those who have traditionally opposed this most controversial approach to orchestrating the end of life. Professor Rich has a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He served as Deputy Commissioner of the North Carolina Industrial Commission, when began his involvement in health care law as legal counsel to the University of North Carolina Hospitals and Clinics and as Senior Resident Counsel at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He also served as University Counsel for the University of Colorado system. In 1990, Professor Rich embarked on a new career in academic bioethics, PUrsuing a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In 1995 he became Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the Program in Health Care Ethics, Humanities, and Law at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He came to UC Davis in 2000 as Associate Professor of Bioethics, became Professor of Bioethics, and the Endowed Chair of Bioethics in 2007. He has faculty appointments in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, as well as in the School of Law. Dr. Rich has published extensively in medical, legal, and bioethics journals and texts on topics ranging from informed consent and advance directives to pain management and end-of-life care.

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