Medical society approves ‘aid in dying’ survey

In a decision praised by advocates out to make New York the latest state to let doctors aid in the deaths of terminally ill patients, the state’s Medical Society will survey physicians to see where they stand on the controversial issue.

The Medical Society of the State of New York, representing some 90,000 licensed physicians, said in a statement that its survey will be unbiased and will be worded by the group’s Bioethics Committee.

The group has been officially opposed to removing the state prohibition against what critics call doctor-assisted suicide. The survey, depending on the results, could alter that stance.

Legislation backed by “death with dignity” advocates is being considered by both the Assembly and Senate. It would allow doctors to assist in the deaths of terminally ill patients.

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