Margaret Somerville

Margaret Somerville is Samuel Gale Professor of Law Emerita, Professor Emerita in the Faculty of Medicine, and Founding Director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law Emerita at McGill University, Montreal. Currently, she is Professor of Bioethics at the University of Notre Dame Australia School of Medicine (Sydney campus) She has an extensive national and international publishing and speaking record and frequently comments in all forms of media. Her books include The Ethical Canary: Science, Society and the Human Spirit (Penguin 2000); The Ethical Imagination: Journeys of the Human Spirit (Anansi 2006; CBC 2006 Massey Lectures) and Bird on an Ethics Wire: Battles about values in the culture wars (MQUP 2015).  Among her many honours and awards are the Order of Australia, Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada, eight honorary doctorates, and the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science.

Withdrawing artificial hydration and nutrition can be ethically complex
23 Mar 2020 | FEATURES |  
tags: artificial nutrition and hydration, bioethics, end of life ethics, euthanasia
Supporters of euthanasia can twist cases to their advantage

A baby is not a handbag
19 Nov 2019 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, three-parent babies, three-parent embryos
The intentions of scientists designing babies with three genetic parents may be good but the procedure is still unethical

Canada’s euthanasia philosophy: ‘control, choice and change’
25 Oct 2019 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: bioethics, Canada, euthanaia
It may take many generations to realise the damage that 'Medical Aid in Dying" will do

‘Act in haste, repent at leisure’
21 Aug 2019 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, New South Wales
The sad saga of the process of “reforming” the NSW law on abortion

Searching for personal identity in a post-modern society:
25 Jul 2019 | FEATURES |  
tags: community, conservatism, individualism, progressivism
Clues from four disparate events 

‘The only thing we have to fear is fear itself’
15 Jul 2019 | FEATURES |  
tags: fear, risk, uncertainty
FDR's famous phrase was truer than he realised

The passing of a spiritual giant
13 May 2019 | FEATURES |  
tags: disabilities, Jean Vanier
Canada's Jean Vanier lived an inspiring life of advocacy for the disabled

Can doctors be ‘neutral’ about assisted suicide and euthanasia?
14 Feb 2019 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, BMJ, Canada, United Kingdom
A leading medical association in the UK is polling its members about a change in policy

Our exhilarating, messy, crowded, joyful Christmas
7 Jan 2019 | ABOVE |  
tags: Christmas, secularization, sex abuse scandal
Deep Christian devotion is hidden beneath secularisation and scandal

The Canadian euthanasia express rolls on
9 Nov 2018 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, Audrey Parker, Australia, Canada, euthanasia, Victoria
The right to life can be flipped into a right to die 

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