Larry Sillanpa

On Friday, October 9 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., UMD’s Center for Ethics and Public Policy is sponsoring a panel discussion regarding the possible legalization of the proscription of lethal medication to terminal patients. The event will take place at UMD’s Montague Hall (Room # 80).

The Center is sponsoring a panel discussion on whether Minnesota should adopt legislation that would allow some terminal patients to procure lethal medication from their doctor.

Senator Chris Eaton (DFL-Brooklyn Center), a member of the Minnesota Nurses Association, has proposed the Minnesota Compassionate Care Act of 2015 (SF 1880) that would allow the legalization of practices that are similar to the “Oregon Model.” This panel will discuss some of the virtues and potential abuses of such a system. This event is free and open to the public.

The panel includes Sen. Eaton, Kirk Allison of the UM Program in Human Rights and Medicine, Dr. Jonathan R. Sande, Ethics Program Director for St. Mary’s Medical Center, and David Mayo, UMD Professor Emeritus, a board member of the Death with Dignity National Center.