assisted-suicide

The American Medical Association currently opposes physician-assisted suicide, as is evident in their  Position Statement on the Role of the Medical Practitioner in End of Life Care:

“The AMA recognizes that there are divergent views regarding euthanasia and physician- assisted suicide. The AMA believes that medical practitioners should not be involved in interventions that have as their primary intention the ending of a person’s life. This does not include the discontinuation of futile treatment.”

Nonetheless, current efforts are underway by suicide activist groups in an attempt to push the AMA to loosen its regulations and back down from its opposition of physician assisted suicide. As Dr. Donna J. Harrison, M.D., Executive Director of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists has expressed, “the impetus to legalize physician assisted suicide is gaining momentum, which is not surprising considering the amount of money that a socialized medical system could save if they simply eliminated the dying instead of caring for them.

Dr. Harrison goes on to state, “…for years, the AMA has staunchly defended Hippocratic medicine, and the role of physicians as healers, not as killers.  An excellent  summary from the Christian Medical Dental Association a few years ago applauded the continued defense of patients in the AMA Code of Medical Ethics which clearly maintains that the duty of physicians  caring for patients at the end of life is to maintain good palliative care, relieving suffering not ending patient’s lives.”

She urges that “…legalizing physician assisted suicide will undermine the foundation of trust inherent in the physician-patient relationship.   In the same way that abortion has devastated the field of obstetrics and gynecology,  physician assisted suicide will similarly devastate the fields of internal medicine, geriatrics, oncology and palliative care.

With the AMA currently reviewing their policy and considering backing off of their opposition to physician-assisted suicide, your voice is important! Please consider writing to the following individuals to express your concerns:

For a good summary of some reasons why physician-assisted suicide is to be opposed, see here.

1) Dr. Andrew W. Gurman, MD, AMA President

andrew.gurman@ama-assn.org

330 N Wabash, Ste 43482

Chicago IL 60611-5885

312.464.5618 ph — 312.464.4094 fx

 

2) Bette Crigger, PhD, CEJA’s Secretary

bette.crigger@ama-assn.org

Secretary, Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA)

American Medical Association

330 N Wabash, Ste 43482

Chicago IL 60611-5885

312.464.5223 ph — 312.224.6911 fx