As I See It: The AMA grapples with issue of physician assisted suicide



I am surprised, having dedicated my life to healing, that we in the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association did not reach consensus at our annual meeting in Chicago recently, to ratify the recommendation of our Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) that the AMA remain opposed to physician assisted suicide.


However, this is far from over as the House of Delegates, which creates the AMA’s official policy, actually voted to refer the report back to CEJA for clarification. It was felt that the body of the report was not accurately and clearly reflected in the conclusion and recommendation that there should be no change in the policy opposing physician assisted suicide. AMA Delegates said that the ethical guidance was confusing, especially for those physicians practicing in the small number of states that have legalized assisted suicide.


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