Do we have a right to choose when we want to end our lives?
Last week, Dr. Lawrence D. Egbert and Nicholas Alex Sheridan were arrested by the Georgia Beauro of Investigation under allegations of involvement with the assisted suicide case of John Celmer that took place last year in Georgia.
Celmer, Egbert and Sheridan are members of the Final Exit Network, an Illinois-based advocacy group fighting for patient rights regarding end of life options.
Jerry Dincin, President of Final Exit, said he believes all parties arrested are innocent and will be exhonerated. "Final Exit Network works within the laws by providing counseling and training and support.”
We talk today with Dr. Egbert and a panel of advocates and opponents for the concept of Physician Assisted Death and discuss the many layers of this complicated issue.
Today’s panel included:
- Herman Heyn, Baltimore Street Corner Astronomer, who travelled to the Netherlands to be with his daughter-in-law during her assisted suicide
- Larry Egbert, President of the Maryland Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility and Medical Director of the Final Exit Network
- Marilyn Golden, Policy Analyst for the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
- John West, author of The Last Goodnights: Assisting My Parents with Their Suicides