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.

Why supporters of same-sex marriage call it ‘marriage equality’
17 Oct 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: same-sex marriage, words
Cloudy and ambiguous language can be ethically perilous.

It’s about children’s rights, not sexual orientation
28 Sep 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: homosexuality, same-sex marriage
Let’s clarify the issues in the same-sex marriage debate

Evicting religious voices from the public square is anti-democratic and discriminatory
31 Aug 2016 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Andrew Denton, Australia, euthanasia, freedom of speech
Interrogate belief systems; don’t dismiss them

Is it ethical to pay ransoms?
15 Jun 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: Canada, Philippines, ransoms, terrorism
Two Canadian men have been beheaded after the government refused to pay ransoms to Filipino terrorists.

It didn’t happen overnight
7 Jun 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Canada, same-sex marriage, transgenderism
The cultural and social changes of the past 50 years laid the groundwork for transgenderism.

Looking ahead for new transplant techniques
23 May 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, head transplants, transplant surgery
An Italian surgeon wants to perform head transplants.

Making the best of a bad law
5 May 2016 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Canada, euthanasia, physician assisted dying
If it's going to be legal, euthanasia in Canada should always be an exception which must be reviewed by a judge

What’s behind the demolition of conscience rights in Canada?
12 Apr 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: Canada, conscience, conscience rights, conscientious objection, euthanasia
Autonomy, choice, and tolerance are being used to justify euthanasia but these grand principles don't apply to opponents

Hope, the common good and our duty to the future
15 Mar 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: common good, ethical thinking, euthanasia
A Canadian academic analyses the battle over values in her new book, Bird on an Ethics Wire.

Is Canada moving toward “totalitarian utopianism”?
26 Feb 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: Canada, conscience rights, euthanasia, Justin Trudeau
Members of Parliament should be allowed to vote according to their consciences on euthanasia

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