Assisted suicide not popular among physicians

Assisted suicide not popular among physicians

 

In response to Rep. Mike Freiberg’s editorial regarding his assisted suicide legislation.

Freiberg mentions medication for a peaceful death. Peaceful or not, it is causing premature death by suicide.

He mentions polls suggesting the majority of Minnesotans support “medical aid in dying for the terminally ill.” According to Gallup, the percentage of people supporting euthanasia drops 19 percent “when process is described as doctors helping a patient ‘commit suicide’”

He states most who chose to commit suicide do so “to avoid what they consider unnecessary suffering.” Richard Doerflinger of the University of Notre Dame has found “…most patients request the lethal drugs not due to pain …, but due to concerns like ‘loss of dignity’ and ‘becoming a burden on others’ … societies that authorize suicide as a ‘choice’ for some people soon end up placing pressure on them to ‘do the right thing’ and kill themselves…”

Freiberg states, “most physicians support medical aid in dying.” Compare some official statements from medical societies:

The AMA in the June 2016 Code of Medical Ethics: “… permitting physicians to engage in assisted suicide would ultimately cause more harm than good. …Physician-assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer …”

The American College of Physicians Sept. 19, 2017, makes similar statements.

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