Autism and Assisted Suicide: What's Happening in Europe and Why It Should Stop


Location: Spes Unica Hall, Room 145 (Saint Mary’s College)

It is now well-documented—if not well-publicized on this side of the Atlantic—that people on the spectrum have died by euthanasia and assisted suicide in Belgium and the Netherlands. In this colloquium, Dr. Michael Waddell will draw upon psychological and legal scholarship to examine ethical problems with euthanasia and assisted suicide for people on the spectrum, with a response from O. Carter Snead, director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, professor of law at Notre Dame Law School, member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, and Fellow of the Hastings Center. Dr. Waddell previously presented this research-in-progress at a conference on psychiatry and ethics at the Anscombe Center for Bioethics at the University of Oxford. Dr. Waddell is director of the Master of Autism Studies program and holder of the McMahon Aquinas Chair in Philosophy at Saint Mary’s College.

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