Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Theme of the Show: The Downside of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)
Guest: Mike Penninga – Guest lecturer, UBCO Nursing School (Ethics), Author: Physician Assisted Suicide (Master’s Thesis), Pastor, Kelowna Gospel Fellowship, www.kgfchurch.com
Lead Host: Sharon Simpson
Mike Penninga is trained in broadcast journalism and was a radio and television reporter prior to becoming a pastor. Mike wrote his Master’s thesis on the topic of Physician Assisted Death for his Social Ethics & Christian faith course for his Masters in Christianity and Culture. Written in a dialogue format, the thesis is very accessible for those who are interested in the ethical aspects that impact the individual and our society with the choices involved in Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID).
The paper came across the desk of a philosophy and ethics professor in the School of Nursing at UBCO and Mike was asked to present it to the students. This year will be his fourth year presenting to the nursing students. The school keeps bringing him back for his presentation as they seek to give the nursing students a non-judgmental and thoughtful way to look at Medical Assistance in Dying from another persective. Many of the nurses patients will come from a faith-background and Mike’s viewpoint will provide insight into how people of faith consider this issue.