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Hastening Death by Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking – 2 Day Conference

I am looking forward to this conference on VSED.  

As recent op-eds suggest, this is an under-discussed means of hastening death.

University School of Law
Hastening Death by Voluntarily Stopping Eating and
Clinical, Legal, Ethical,
Religious and Family Perspectives

stopping eating and drinking (VSED) is one way to assuredly hasten death.
Though generally regarded as legal, VSED has not gained nearly as much public
or scholarly attention as the physician-assisted dying that is legal in
only five states. This interdisciplinary conference will address
ethical, legal, clinical, religious, personal, family, and institutional
issues posed by VSED, including contexts of hospice and dementia care.

October 14-15, 2016
11.75 General CLE
credits pending; Social Work and Nursing credits application pending

Speakers Include

  • Margaret Battin, PhD, University of Utah
  • Norman Cantor, JD, Rutgers University School of Law
  • Annette E. Clark, JD, Dean, Seattle
    University School of Law
  • Amy Freeman, JD, WA State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
  • Linda Ganzini, MD, MPH, Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Gerri Haynes, RN, BSN, palliative care leader, Seattle
  • Trudy James, MRE, Multi-Faith Chaplain, Seattle
  • Anson Laytner, rabbi and author, Seattle
  • Michael Jaycox, PhD, Theology & Religious Studies, Seattle
  • Paul T. Menzel, PhD, Pacific Lutheran University
  • Thaddeus M. Pope, JD, PhD, Mitchell Hamline Law School
  • Timothy E. Quill, MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine
  • Diane Rehm,
    Diane Rehm Show (NPR, APR), author
  • Judith Schwarz, RN, PhD, Clinical Coordinator,
  • Phyllis Shacter, TEDx talk “Not Here By Choice”
  • Sarah Shannon, RN, PhD, Oregon Health
    Sciences University
  • Paula Span,
    NY Times reporter, NewOldAge blog
  • Joan M.

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