AMA sticks to a policy of opposing assisted suicide


The American Medical Association voted this week by 71% to 29% to reaffirm its opposition to physician-assisted suicide.

Testimony yesterday by medical students and residents on the dangers of the practice to both patients and the physician-patient relationship appear to have carried the day in a reference committee. The committee strongly recommended that the voting body accept an ethics council’s recommendation to reaffirm the AMA’s opposition to assisted suicide.

The AMA’s official position is that legalized assisted suicide is contrary to the physician’s role as healer, puts vulnerable patients at risk, and would be difficult or impossible to control.  It joins the American College of Physicians and the World Medical Association, both of which have reaffirmed their opposition to assisted suicide and euthanasia in the past year…

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