Grandmas who become pregnant via in vitro fertilization (ivf) [news item]; doctors who operate embryos and fetuses with physical abnormalities that are not viable; people who take their own life humanely, e.g. using medicines or the Helium Method, because they do not want to live anymore although they do not suffer from any physical illness.
These are a few examples that show how we influence and control our health and wellbeing by using technology. However, it also raises questions about the ethical limits of technological progress. To what extent could and should we decide about the life and death of ourselves and others? Are we playing God?
What is your opinion? Join the discussion!
Dr. Ton Vink is philosopher, author and counselor at the Philosphical Practice Ninewells. His consults are focused on end-of-life issues. He is actively involved in the public debate on euthanasia and assisted suicide.
Prof.dr. Maarten Verkerk is professor of Christian Philosophy (TU/e). Ethics of technology and innovation in health care are two of his topics of interest. He was a member of the Schnabel Committee “Voltooid Leven”. This advisory committee recently explored whether current legislation on euthanasia and assisted suicide is adequate.
You are invited for a drink and further discussion afterwards.