MSD will continue to use the term “physician-assisted suicide”

The Medical Society of Delaware is deciding to continue its policy opposing what they term as physician-assisted suicide, but some, including state legislators, want them to use the name—and support the practice of—medical aid in dying.

There is a bill on the ready list for vote in the Delaware House of Representatives which would allow physicians to prescribe a lethal medication to terminally ill patients who request it. The proposed law would require a second opinion on the patient’s prognosis of six months or less to live, verification the patient is of sound mind and body, and the lethal prescription must be self-administered.

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