Wednesday, February 03, 2010

In Glasgow next Tuesday? A date for your diary.

The Right to Choose an Assisted Death
Date: Tuesday, February 9 2010
Time: 18:00
Venue: Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre, on the corner of Gibson Street and University Avenue
Category: Public Lectures
Speaker: Various

“The Right to Choose an Assisted Death”

Stevenson lecture on Citizenship: Tuesday February 9th

Margo MacDonald MSP has now introduced her “End of Life Assistance (Scotland)” Bill to the Scottish Parliament and had intended to talk and answer questions about her Bill at the Stevenson lecture on February 9th 2010. However, Ms MacDonald is not now able to give the lecture due to having to go into hospital for a scheduled operation.

However, we are fortunate in that two leading figures in the debate have agreed to an open discussion with members of the academic community, staff and students, and general public. The title for this open debate/question time is:


Mr Edward Turner is a leading member of ‘Dying with Dignity’ the organisation leading the campaign to change the Law in the England and Scotland to allow physician-assisted suicide. Mr Turner became a member of Dying with Dignity after accompanying his mother, Anne Turner, to the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland.

Dr Sheila McGettrick is a leading physician in palliative care in Scotland. She was a member of the recent Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Palliative Care. She is a leading figure in the opposition in Scotland to the legalisation of assisted dying.

The two speakers will be invited to say a little about their position in this debate and will then respond to questions from the floor.

Professor Robin Downie, Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, will chair the discussion.

Free and open to all members of the general public


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