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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.


Unpacking the labels in the abortion debate
26 Jun 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, Canada
Like North Korea and China, Canada has no abortion law. What is to be done?


“Yes” to euthanasia brings a seismic shift in values
10 Jun 2014 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: euthanasia, Quebec
Why don’t most Quebec politicians recognize the momentousness of this decision?


The walls close in on Canada’s abortion foes
15 May 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, Canada, Justin Trudeau
The leader of a major opposition party has announced that they will be excluded from membership.


Surrogate motherhood creates an ethical minefield
13 May 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Canada, IVF, Quebec, surrogacy
A gay couple’s government-funded IVF twins have created a storm of controversy in Canada.


Assisted suicide: the issue we can’t afford to get wrong
29 Apr 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: assisted suicide, Canada, euthanasia
Good facts are absolutely essential for good ethics.


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.


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