Maureen McTeer is an author and lawyer, specializing in health policy and medical law. Tough Choices: Living and Dying in the 21st Century is her third book. She has been a visiting scholar in the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley; she has practised law in Toronto and Ottawa and has lectured on law at the Universities of Calgary and British Columbia. She is a member of the Clinical Ethics Committee at the Ottawa Heart Institute and a public member of the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools. In addition, Ms. McTeer is a member of the Boards of the Canadian Living Foundation’s Breakfast for Learning, and the Canada-China Child Health Foundation. She was a member of the Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies from 1989–91.