The AMA must stay to the path of ‘do no harm’

The AMA must stay to the path of ‘do no harm’

The American Medical Association recently voted to request further clarification of a report on physician-assisted suicide published by its Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. That may sound dull and procedural, but it has an unmistakable significance for the doctors’ group, which has always opposed turning its members into life-enders instead of health-givers.

We all must keep an eye on what the AMA is considering regarding this dangerous public policy. The ramifications to the safety of our patients and the practice of medicine are profound.

The CEJA report, a product of two years of work by that group, began by stressing the importance of accurate terminology. After careful consideration, the authors wisely recommended use of the term “physician-assisted suicide” rather than “death with dignity” or “aid in dying.” They explained that, although “physician-assisted suicide” connotes opposition to the practice, it also provides the greatest precision, and that precision facilitates a more robust debate.

Read more at the Washington Examiner…