Dedicated Physicians See Victory for International Code of Ethics
There was a strong attempt in the past few months to require effective referral of patients, overriding conscientious objection, for assisted suicide, euthanasia and other procedures in the new International Code of Medical Ethics being revised by the World Medical Association (WMA).
The initial draft of the Code contained language which required effective referral. Dr. Dan Sulmasy presented a strong case against effective referral at the initial meeting in Jakarta in early July and the effective referral language was eliminated at the August Washington, DC meeting through the excellent work of a group of American and Canadian physicians.
We are pleased to report that at the General Assembly meeting in Berlin, Germany last week, final approval was given to the Code of Ethics with the new compromise language eliminating effective referral
The dedication and work of these physicians, with the assistance of the Patients’ Rights Action Fund, now protect the medical profession from the encroachment of efforts to force physicians to comply with unethical procedures over conscientious objection.
Money and Discrimination Key Reasons Patient Pressured Toward Assisted Suicide Roger Foley is a Canadian man who is being pressured to die by assisted suicide. His disability requires consistent care and he will continue to require medical assistance as his condition is degenerative. Mr. Foley wants to keep living and receive care that is specified
Doctors Avoid Patients with Disabilities, Putting Many at Risk of Assisted Suicide In the healthcare system, it does not take much to see that it is broken and disparities in care are prevalent. A recent article demonstrates this fact by telling the findings of Dr. Iezzoni at Harvard. She conducted anonymous research on a sample