Legal assisted suicide dangerous, unethical

As a physician engaged in direct patient care, legislation (A.2383-A/S.3151-A.) that would legalize assisted suicide in New York is of grave concern to me, and I oppose it. So does the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY), the state’s principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties.

The MSSNY recently put out a statement saying: “MSSNY’s long-standing position against “aid in dying” is based upon the sacred principle that physicians are dedicated to healing and preserving life, not ending it. Although relief of suffering has always been a fundamental duty in medical practice, relief of suffering through shortening of life has not. Most physicians are deeply troubled by the potential abandonment of a patient by their physician at their time of greatest need of their physician’s skill and caring.”

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