CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Ethics of physician-assisted suicide to be discussed at UI public
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Physician-assisted suicide is a complex and controversial
issue about which reasonable people disagree. Robert F. Weir, a professor
of pediatrics at the University of Iowa, will explore the topic and the
controversy surrounding it in a lecture that is part of the spring series
of Ethics Seminars, sponsored by the UI College of Business Administration,
the Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry, and UI International Programs.
The seminar, which is free and open to the public, will be from 12:15-1:15
p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, in Room W401 in the Pappajohn Business Administration
Weir, who is also the director of the UI Program in Biomedical Ethics
and Medical Humanities, will discuss the historical background of the issue
and will present information regarding actual cases of physician-assisted
suicide, surveys of patients' views, and the medical conditions and non-medical
factors that most frequently seem to be involved in requests for assistance
in committing suicide. Weir will also discuss the ethical arguments for
and against physician-assisted suicide and describe the current legal situation
surrounding the issue.
Weir's presentation is one of three Ethics Seminars that will be presented
this spring. All will focus on human rights topics in concert with Global
Focus: Human Rights '98, the year-long, university-wide celebration of
the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The
Ethics Seminars are intended to create a place for and foster interdisciplinary
conversations about ethics.
For further information about the seminar, contact the Project for Rhetoric
of Inquiry at(319) 335-2753.