August 2010
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Center for Practical Bioethics Conference

November 12 -13, 2010, The Center for Practical Bioethics will hold a conference in Kansas City, MO titled: At the Epicaenter: Cruzan and PSDA 20 Years Later. ASLME is proud to be a collaborating organization for this event

The Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA) marks its 20th anniversary in 2010. It followed the Cruzan decision and codifies patients’ rights to choose or refuse treatment to name someone to speak for them when they are no longer able to speak for themselves. The Center for Practical Bioethics consulted with both the Cruzan family and the State of Missouri in this landmark case and helped draft language for the PSDA at the invitation of the co-sponsors, Senators Daniel Patrick Moynihan and John C. Danforth.

This milestone provides an opportunity to convene leading voices in law, medicine, theology and ethics. Participants will reflect on these events and explore a controversial and difficult topic rooted in these two landmark events, artificial nutrition and hydration. The impact of technology and the evolving definitions of states of consciousness make this conference timely and relevant as clinicians, patients and their families, and policymakers grapple regularly with decisions regarding the mandatory use of medically-administered nutrition/hydration.

This conference will be held at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, MO. Registration for this event prior to October 15th is $285, and $350 for registrations received after this date. For additional details, please contact Donna Blackwood from the Center for Practical Bioethics at or by phone at (816) 979-1352.

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