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.

Whose rights are more important? The child’s or the parents’?
16 Aug 2017 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: same-sex marriage
If same-sex marriage involved only adults it would be much easier to accept it

The euthanasia slippery slope: a failure of memory and imagination
28 Jul 2017 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: euthanasia, legal safeguards, slippery slope
When the splash of assisted-suicide and euthanasia blinds us to their far-reaching ripples.

If you have the ‘why’ of living, you can find the ‘how’
6 Jun 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: assisted suicide, dignity therapy, euthanasia, human dignity, loneliness
Insights for the euthanasia debate from unpacking the concept of dignity

Do suicides increase where euthanasia is legal?
22 May 2017 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, australia, euthanasia, suicide
The statistics suggest that the answer is yes

Are there ‘good suicides’ and ‘bad suicides’? Or are all of them bad? 
11 May 2017 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, australia, completed life, euthanasia
An elderly Australian couple says that euthanasia is better than life in a nursing home

Shutting up by shouting down
17 Mar 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: assisted suicide, Australia, australia, euthanasia, free speech, victoria, Victoria
When an anti-euthanasia speaker at a doctors' conference is prevented from speaking, you know that something is very wrong

The importance of stories in the euthanasia debate
7 Mar 2017 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia
The risks and harms to vulnerable people outweigh any possible benefits

Lessons from a Rabbit, a Cat and an Otter
28 Feb 2017 | READING MATTERS |  
tags: animals, children's books, children's literature
Three books that nurtured my respect for and love of animals and nature.

Lessons from indigenous wisdom in the euthanasia debate
23 Feb 2017 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Australia, euthanasia, indigenous culture
How a person dies affects others, not just in the present but in the future.

A flight from mystery
23 Jan 2017 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, death, euthanasia
Euthanasia strips death of its meaning at the time we need it most

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