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.

When picture-perfect is flawed
20 Aug 2008 | FEATURES |  
To the organisers in Beijing, it was a detail, but lip-synching in the opening ceremony struck at the heart of the Olympic spirit. 

Affirming life
15 Aug 2008 | FEATURES |  
“I am carrying this baby as long as he will let me, and will not be the killing hand.”

Speaking to a secular age
6 Aug 2008 | FEATURES |  
Battles in the public square are won with words -- but which ones?

Correctly squelched
1 Jul 2008 | FEATURES |  
A first-person account of manning the barricades against political correctness.

The pain of watching children die
16 May 2008 | FEATURES |  
The father of an 11-year-old Canadian boy with leukemia wants to stop his painful treatment. The doctors say No. Who’s right?

Canada debates foetal homicide
8 Apr 2008 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, Canada
Sound evidence and sound language are absent in pro-choice arguments.

Who dare call it futile?
13 Mar 2008 | FEATURES |  
A Canadian man’s life depends on a ventilator. His relatives want to keep it on; his doctors want to turn it off.

Abortion: giving new life to the debate
26 Jan 2008 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, Canada
Anniversaries of court decisions in the United States and Canada highlight the need for open discussion of this moral issue in the public square.

Recognising the youngest victims of crime
23 Nov 2007 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, Canada
The complexities and controversies of using law to protect the foetus.

Crossing the species boundary
8 Nov 2007 | FEATURES |  
The possibility of creating a bewildering variety of human-animal combinations requires profound ethical reflection.

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