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Margaret Somerville

Margaret Somerville is Samuel
Gale Professor of Law, Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, and Founding Director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University, Montreal. She has an extensive national and international publishing and speaking record and frequently comments in all forms of media. Her books include The Ethical Canary: Science, Society and the Human Spirit (Penguin 2000); and The Ethical Imagination: Journeys of the Human Spirit (Anansi 2006; CBC 2006 Massey Lectures).  Among her many honours and awards are the Order of Australia, seven honorary
doctorates, and the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science.

Quebec gears up for a momentous election
24 Mar 2014 | FEATURES |
tags: Canada, euthanasia, Parti Quebecois, secularism
By supporting both euthanasia and secularism, the Parti Québécois threatens to tear Canada apart.

Why euthanasia slippery slopes can’t be prevented
5 Mar 2014 | CAREFUL! |
tags: Canada, euthanasia, Quebec, slippery slope
When we allow death to be inflicted, we lose our repugnance at the thought of killing other human beings.

Fact-checking claims of “well regulated euthanasia”
24 Feb 2014 | CAREFUL! |
tags: assisted suicide, Canada, euthanasia, Quebec
Good ethics must be based on good facts, not hoping for the best.

Quebec should beware of euthanasia
18 Feb 2014 | FEATURES |
tags: assisted suicide, Canada, euthanasia, Quebec
Respect for life is more than a Christian bias. It is a foundational value of all human societies.

For academics, religion is a conflict of interests
26 Nov 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: religious freedom, secularism, Wikipedia
A campaign against a bioethics professor turns very nasty.

Australia: advice for the new management
19 Nov 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: Australian politics, ethics
A few ethical voices crying in the wilderness can make a major difference.

Belgium, where death becomes the norm, living the exception
7 Nov 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, film reviews, suffering
A documentary about ten years of legal euthanasia is a touchstone for radically different approaches to suffering.

Putting a price on human organs
31 Oct 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: health policy, organ donation
Is paying kidney donors consistent with human dignity?

Is Quebec creating a secular utopia?
3 Sep 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: Canada, laïcité, Quebec, secularism
Has the Parti Québécois reflected on the dismal record of utopian thinking in the 20th Century?

Keep it at home and hidden in a closet
27 Aug 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: Canada, Quebec
The Quebec government is waging a war on religion.

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