Speakers: Rita Marker

Rita L. Marker, JD
P.O. Box 760
Steubenville, OH 43952
Phone: 740-282-3810 or 800-958-5678
e-mail: rmarker@patientsrightscouncil.org



Marker is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Deadly Compassion. (Wm. Morrow & Co., 1993; Harper/Collins, 1994; Avon Books, 1995). Reviewers in the United States, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand all agreed that Deadly Compassion is a compelling, persuasive, well-written and revealing discussion of both the personal and public sides of the euthanasia debate.

She is a contributor to Contemporary Perspectives on Rational Suicide (Taylor & Francis, 1999) and the author of articles that have appeared in numerous publications including:

Akron Beacon Journal
American Thinker
Chicago Sun-Times
Detroit News
Duquesne Law Review
Journal of Pharmacy Technology
Maryland Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues
Michigan Hospitals
New York Times
Saint John’s Journal of Legal Commentary
Senior Patient
State Government News
USA Today


Marker has been the executive director of the Patients Rights Council since it began in l987. She was among the first to be profiled in the American Medical Association’s American Medical News during its series on “people making news in an era of dramatic change in medicine.”


Marker is a practicing attorney.


Marker is a former adjunct professor of Political Science & Ethics at the University of Steubenville, Ohio. She has made presentations and debated in Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, France, Belgium, England, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Switzerland, Slovenia and the United States including:

American Bar Association
Case Western Law School
Commonwealth Club of San Francisco
Florida State University
Italian Society of Bioethics
Kentucky Legislature
League of United Latin American Citizens
Marquette University
Michigan Governor’s Conference on Aging
Michigan Legislature
National Council of Slovenia
Nebraska Legislature
New Jersey Gerontology Institute
Ohio Legislature
St. John’s University School of Law
San Diego State University
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University Law School
Seton Hall Law School
University of Iowa Law School
University of Minnesota Center for Biomedical Ethics
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
University of Pittsburgh Law School
University of San Francisco
University of Tennessee
University of Toledo
University of Trieste
University of Wisconsin Law School

She has been interviewed on hundreds of radio stations throughout the United States, Canada, England, New Zealand, and Australia. Her interviews and guest appearances for television have included:

ABC News
ABC Prime Time Live
CBS This Morning
CNN News
Fox News
Geraldo Show
Jesse Jackson Show
Larry King Show
National Public Television
NBC News
RAI TV (Italian National Television)
Sixty Minutes (Australia)
Gerry Spence Show
The Fifth Estate (Canada)
Tom Snyder Show


American Bar Association
California Bar Association
DC Bar Association
Admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court