The Hamilton Science and Faith Forum and the CSCA present a lecture at McMaster Divinity College:
John W. Findlay: “The Carter Decision and the Hippocratic Oath: A Watershed?”
With response from Elisabeth Gedge, Ph.D.
Location: Hurlburt Hall (Room 136), McMaster Divinity College
Abstract: The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent Carter Decision found that to prohibit assisted suicide is contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This not only had a profound effect on end-of-life decisions for patients, but it will also have fundamental and unexpected consequences for health care professionals. Has this ruling killed the Hippocratic Oath, which holds that doctors are to do no harm?
Father of 5 children residing in Caledonia, Ontario, John W. Findlay is Partner in law firm of Findlay McCarthy PC with his wife Margaret McCarthy, which is located in Hamilton, Ontario. He practices in the area of class actions, commercial litigation, marine and corporate and commercial law. He is a graduate of McGill University with an Honours B.A. in Economics, received a J.D. from the University of Toronto Law School, and was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1980. He is also a member of the Hamilton Law Association and the Albany Club of Toronto.
Elisabeth Gedge is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at McMaster University, where she teaches courses in Advanced Bioethics and Applied Ethics. She earned a Master of Theology degree from Newman Theological College in Edmonton, where she also taught in the area of science and religion. Her research interests include Feminist Bioethics, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Religion, and Environmental Philosophy. (More)