Upcoming Debate: Should Alaskans approve assisted suicide?

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Should Alaskans approve physician proscribed assisted suicide? This is the next issue slated for public debate on Jan. 11 at the Bear Tooth Theatrepub in Anchorage.

The event is part of an ongoing series of public debates hosted by the nationally renowned UAA Seawolf Debate Team.

This past fall, the first debate tackled the contentious issue of how to uphold religious freedom in the wake of the Anchorage Assembly’s decision to pass an ordinance creating new rights and legal status for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

The upcoming debate over assisted suicide will operate similarly to the previous debate. The evening will run for two hours, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Arguing for assisted suicide will be Alaska Rep. Harriett Drummond who supports legislation to legalize assisted suicide in Alaska. Joining Drummond will be John Mouracade, a philosophy professor at UAA.

Arguing against assisted suicide will be George Stewart, a medical doctor and president of Alaska Medical Missions. He will be joined by Mary Lanza, a medical doctor and anesthesiologist at Providence Alaska Medical Center.

Cost to attend the debate is $15 and tickets are on sale here.


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