Bill Colby - Society’s Challenge: Finding a better way to die
Posted Apr 26 2009 10:33pm
William H. Colby is the Senior Fellow, Law and Patient Rights, with the Center for Practical Bioethics, Kansas City, Mo. He represented the family of Nancy Cruzan in the family’s right-to-die case, Colby has a circumspect article in this month'sWisconsin Lawyer.
Colby starts off by discussing the Georgia case against Final Exit members. He observes that the case has "proved something of a media sensation so far. If that media attention continues, then the case may help fuel some societal discussion about how we die. Though always stressful for those directly involved, the silver lining when any right-to-die case becomes public is that the case results in Americans pausing and talking for awhile about death and dying, topics we don’t easily discuss."
But Colby cautions that "participants in that discussion who look to the law to resolve the complex moral and ethical questions about how we die will be disappointed – the law has no special ability to answer the question of what is “right” at the end of our lives."