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MCI Welcomes Dr. Annette Hanson

MaterCare International is pleased to announce Dr. Annette Hanson presenting in our 2019 Rome Conference programme.

Dr. Hanson is the director of the forensic psychiatry fellowship program at the University of Maryland and chair of the Maryland Psychiatric Society's legislative committee. As an Assembly representative to the American Psychiatric Association she co-authored that organization's position statement opposed to psychiatric participation in euthanasia. She has testified in opposition to assisted suicide bills in state legislature, and lectured on implications for institutionalized people with mental illness.

Her Rome Conference presentation is entitled "Religious Exception and Conscience Protection: A Case of Preferential Autonomy".


Euthanasia and assisted suicide are a growing threat to vulnerable patients worldwide, but particularly to people with mental illness and residents of longterm state institutions. Institutional protections are falling, and the right-to-die movement persists in efforts to demand access to health care facilities formerly protected by religious exceptions. This presentation will present a historical overview of conscience protections and recent litigation to challenge institutional and individual exemption. International developments in Belgium, Canada, and the United States will be discussed; these cases serve as a warning to countries considering these laws.

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